Coronation Of The 15th Emir Of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero
Remarks By His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, Vice President Of The Federal Republic Of Nigeria At The Coronation Of The 15th Emir Of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero On The 3rd Of July, 2021
It is for me a special privilege to be here in this city of a proud history and exquisite culture to represent the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, to witness the historic coronation of Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero and the 15th Emir of Kano. Your Royal Highness, I bring you the warm personal felicitations and personal good wishes of the President.
Your Excellency, Governor Umar Ganduje, I congratulate you on this day of joy, as you midwife a generational change of guards that only a few will experience in their lifetimes, the swearing-in and handing over of the staff of office to the new Emir of Kano in fulfillment of the extant law and practice of the Emirate Council of the installation of Emirs in Kano.
Your Royal Highness, I need not say to you that this city of Kano is no ordinary city. In both historical and modern times, Kano has always been revered as a major commercial and economic centre in Africa, and the melting pot of diverse tribes and cultures assimilated into a robust, vibrant, and cohesive whole.
It is only with the tolerance of the culture of Kano, where opposite ideas can co-exist peacefully, that you could have a thriving free-market economy, with several millionaires and yet also be the base of radical left of centre political ideas. This is after all the city of the socialist man of the masses, Mallam Aminu Kano, and many of his disciples.
Kano is also the home of the capitalist richest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote. Wherever you are from, however you are, you must feel at home in Kano.
Kano Tumbin Giwa. Here in Kano, you can’t be better than us in Kano.
Kano Ko da me Kazo an fika. If you think you live in a city then you haven’t been to Kano as the incredibly humorous people of Kano will say Gari inba Kano ba, Dajin Allah.
We are all proud of this city, proud of its legacy of tolerance and warmth and we are very proud that it indeed, it remains the home to all Nigerians, regardless of tribe and ethnicity.
Your Royal Highness, it is this great city over which God has given you the good fortune of being Monarch, a privilege which you know comes with the obligation of preserving the rich traditions of brotherhood of all tribes and tongues.
You inherit not only one of the most revered thrones in Africa, but on a more personal level, your great-grandfather was known for his wisdom, his courage, and integrity. He loved his people and served them with honor and complete commitment. You have a goodly heritage and you have a difficult act to follow, but we are confident that by the grace of God you will exceed the reputation of your illustrious forebears.
So today, as you ascend the throne of your fathers, carrying with you the love and trust of your people, I can only offer you a prayer. I pray that this land will prosper in your reign, I pray that the Almighty God will be merciful to you and to the people of this land, that His hand will be your guide and direct you daily. Your family and tribe will increase, your days will be long, and as your days, so shall your strength, your wisdom, and your favour with God, in Jesus’ name.
God bless you.
Thank you very much.