The Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, is dead. He died this morning and will be buried according to Islamic rites at 4p.m. today.
The spokesperson to the Kano State governor, Baba Dantiye, has confirmed the death of the emir, while Mahe Bashir, the Walin Kano, announced the burial time.
Born 83 years ago, on July 25, 1930, Ado Bayero was appointed Emir on October 22, 1963. He was a former Nigerian ambassador to Senegal. His father, Abdullahi Bayero, also reigned as Emir for 27 years. Ado Bayero was the 13th Fulani emir since the Fulani War of Usman dan Fodio, when the Fulani took over the Hausa city-states.
The second most important Muslim leader in Nigeria, he was renowned for his abundant wealth, maintained by means of stock market investments and large-scale agricultural entrepreneurship both at home and abroad.
Bayero was born to the family of Hajiya Hasiya and Abdullahi Bayero and into the Fulani Sullubawa clan that has presided over the emirate of Kano since 1819. The 11th child of his father and the second of his mother, at age of seven, he was sent to live with Maikano Zagi.
Mr. Bayero on January 19, last year survived an attack by gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram insurgent group.