Metro Mark, Ekweremadu,Turaki, Ilouno, APC, morn Bayero


Alhaji Kabiru Turaki, Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, has expressed shock over the death of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero.

This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by the Special Assistant on Media to the Minister, Mr Okey Muogbo.

In the statement, Turaki described the late Bayero as a man who worked tirelessly for the people of his Emirate and the Nigerian nation at large.

``By the death of the Emir, Nigeria has lost a great father, patriot and nationalist whose contributions to the stability of Nigeria was enormous.

``Since Bayero ascended the throne of his forefathers in Oct. 1963, he not only became one of the longest-serving emirs, but transformed the emirate into a modern city.

``Through the hospitality of the late emir, the emirate has become home to Nigerians of various religious and ethnic callings,” it said.

It stated that Bayero was loved by his subjects throughout his long reign, saying that by his death, the nation had lost a peace maker.

He prayed Allah to grant Bayero’s soul eternal rest and to those he left behind, the fortitude to bear the loss.

The All Progressives Congress (APC), also expressed shock over the death of Bayero.

This is contained in a statement issued in Lagos by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

The party, in the statement, said Bayero’s demise came at a time his wisdom and wealth of knowledge were much needed to help Nigeria to surmount its challenges.

``The late Bayero was a symbol of peace and unity in his lifetime, reaching far beyond ethnic and religious divide to help foster a united Nigeria.

``The emir's long reign that spanned over half a century marked a period of prolonged peace and prosperity for his domain.

``His reign was a testimony to his much-revered leadership qualities and his uncommon humanity’’, it stated.

The APC commiserated with the family of the late emir, government and people of Kano state on the passing away of the great man.

The party also expressed the hope that everything possible would be done to ensure that his legacy endured.

The Senate President, David Mark, described the death as a big blow and a monumental loss to the nation.

Mark said in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary Paul Mumeh that the late first class monarch was a great asset who will be missed by all in many respects.

The statement said Bayero departed at a time when his wise counsel would have been needed to navigate through the nation's trying times.

``He was a peace maker. He made Kano home for all. He was accommodating. He preached love, unity and good neighbourliness.

``Bayero was a detribalised leader who made the nation his constituency."

It recalled that Bayero was among the few Nigerian leaders who worked hard for the unity and indivisibility of the nation especially during trying times.

``His contributions to the peace and unity of Nigeria cannot be wished away.

``The nation owes him a measure of gratitude for his contributions to the socio- political and economic development of the country’’, Mark said.

It urged Nigerians, especially the present leaders, to emulate the great virtues of patriotism, philanthropy, honesty and good leadership quality which Bayero was known for.

He sympathised with the government, people of Kano state and the family over the demise, urging them to take solace in the fact that he lived a life worthy of emulation.

Deputy President of Senate, Ike Ekweremadu described the passage of Bayero as shocking and an irreparable loss.

Ekweremadu's reaction is also in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Uche Anichukwu.

The statement said Bayero was a ``man of many parts who departed in a blaze of glory.

``This is indeed a shocking exit of a sage and end of a glorious era.

``Bayero was everything a people could have wished for in a leader and royal father in a pluralistic nation.

``He not only served Nigeria in many exalted capacities before and after ascending the throne of his fathers, but cultivated friendship and admiration that cut across all ethno-religious boundaries.

``Bayero will be remembered as an epitome of courage, a patriotic, humane, and upright leader and true elder statesman, who gave his very best to his fatherland.’’

It said Bayero not only came face-to-face with the insecurity in the land in the twilight of his reign, but was also outspoken against the scourge of insurgency.

He emphasised that the nation owed it to the emir’s memory to rally all forces of good within and outside the country to bring terrorism to an end as a befitting tribute to a man of peace.

It condoled with the Government and people of Kano state and the nation over the sad incident, and prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed royal father.

The Anambra Central Traditional Rulers Council recalled how Bayero protected the Igbos during the 1966 crisis.

The Chairman of the council, Igwe Chukwuemeka Ilouno, told NAN in Onitsha that news of the sudden transition of the emir was shocking.

``It reached us, especially me, with great shock.

``His Eminence, an epitome of humility and humaneness, was not just a most respected traditional ruler but a religious leader per excellence and role model.

``Nigeria has lost a gem, a leader that can never be replaced’’, he said.

Ilouno, who is also the traditional ruler of Ifitedunu community in Dunukofia LGA, said Bayero saved the lives of many members of the Ndi-Igbo while they were distressed during the 1966 pogrom

``Ndi-Igbo will never forget in a hurry how this enigma helped to smuggle a lot of our people to safety during the great pogrom of 1966.

``He single handedly encouraged Ndi-Igbo to settle comfortably in the north.

``He was one institution that helped to bond the major ethnic groups in Nigeria together. Oh death! Where is thy sting?’’

The traditional ruler prayed for ``his gentle soul” to find everlasting peace in the bosom of the Almighty God.