From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Hajiya Maryam Bayero, mother of Kano emir, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero and his brother, emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero has been buried in Kano state.
Late Maryam Bayero died on Saturday morning in Cairo hospital, Egypt after a brief illness.
He body was received yesterday by the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, presidential delegation and other dignitaries at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) at about 5:50pm.
The governor then led the delegation immediately to Kano emirate palace where the Chief Imam of Kano, Emeritus Professor Muhammad Sani Zahraddeen, led the funeral prayer at about 7pm.
Her body was then perried to tombs of late emir Ado Bayero, her husband and other past emirate where she was buried according to Islamic rites.
The dignitaries that received the body and attended the funeral service include the federal government delegation, under the chairmanship of the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari with Ministers of Defence, Justice, Aviation, and Water Resources, Sultan of Sokoto, who was represented by Wazirin Sokoto, Emirs of Hadejia, Ningi, Kazaure, Abaji, Matawallen Borno among many Emirs and esteemed dignitaries.
Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Ado Bayero with other family members, escorted the body of the late mother to Kano, according to statement by Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ganduje.
Hundreds of sympathisers were at the Airport to also witness the arrival of the late mother, as many roads were blocked with multitudes of other sympathisers from the Airport down to the Emir’s palace.
Before going to the airport, the federal government delegation was at the Kano Emir’s Palace alongside governor Ganduje and all other Emirs, to extend the condolences of the federal government to the Emirates, government and people of Kano state.
At the Palace, Prof Gambari appreciated the entire lifetime of the late mother, Hajiya Maryam Ado Bayero, (Mai Babban Daki), acknowledging that, “Her royal blood extended to many generations from both sides of her parents. And Alhamdulillah she was the mother of the two Emirs of Kano and Bichi Emirates.”
After his brief remarks, the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika also prayed for the reposed soul of the deceased mother.
In his response Kano Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero, while commending the federal and state governments for the show of concern and respect to them, he described the late mother “As a mother for all. We never saw her as only our mother, she was a mother to all. And that was what she exhibited when she was alive.”
“On behalf of Kano and Bichi Emirates, other Emirates in the state, government and people of Kano state, we are very grateful for this all-important condolence visit,” he appreciated.
He commended the state government for all the support rendered to the Palace since the emergence of the Emir to the throne to date. Particularly what the state government did during the medical treatment of the deceased.