Emir of Bichi coronated amidst pomp, pageantry

President Muhammadu Buhari

The sleepy town of Bichi came alive Friday and Saturday last week when friends and well-wishers thronged the Emirate’s central Mosque and Bichi Town mini stadium to witness dual events, weeding fatiha of Yusuf Buhari, son of President Muhammadu Buhari, and Zahara Bayero, daughter of the Emir of Bichi on Friday. On Saturday, the Governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, presented the staff office to the second Fulani Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero.

One coincidence about the Emir of Bichi is the fact that he shares a matter of pride with his grandfather, late Kano Amir Abdullahi Bayero, before becoming the emir, in the same way, he did.
Late Sarki Alhaji had been district head of Bichi and also a Ciroman Kano and his late uncle served as Ciroma. HRH Nasiru Ado Bayero, the erstwhile Ciroman Kano, was appointed the second Fulani emir of Bichi following the deposition of Muhammadu Sanusi II.

In a remarkable concurrence of events, history was made in old Kano’s emirate last year when two of the sons of our revered late Emir Alhaji Ado Bayero, became First Class Emirs of Kano and Bichi Emirates, respectively. Both of them were born by the same mother and father. This is the first time such historical events happened in the Kano traditional institution of over 1000 years.

As a Kano prince, one of his heart’s desires is to ascend the throne of his forefathers at Gidan Dabo but, Allah’s own will made him the second Bichi Emir of Fulani dynasty. His Royal Highness Emir of Bichi is the third son of Emir of Kano, late Alhaji (Dr.) Ado Abdullahi Bayero, and the first child born at the official residence of Kano Emirate House known as Gidan Dabo on 2nd February, 1964.

For the avoidance of doubt, His Royal Highness Emir of Bich Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero is a great grand son of Dabo Kano, while his late mother was a direct descendant of Shehu Alimi (Salih Janta), who successfully conquered Ilorin for Fulani dynasty and defeated General Afonja in 1824.
Friends and well-wishers expressed optimism that the Bichi Emirate is on the track to witness rapid socio-economic development with His Highness Alhaji Muhammadu Nasiru Ado Bayero as the second Emir of Bichi being a distinguished technocrat, banker, entrepreneur and consummate manager of people. People of the emirate have confidence that he will exhibit the same stirling leadership qualities which his late father demonstrated throughout his reign as Emir of Kano. The late Alhaji Ado Bayero remained trustworthy and the custodian of traditional values as well as champion of both Islamic and Western education. Throughout the reign of his late father, he was known as as the boice of the voiceless of his subjects, the defender of defenseless. As the second Emir of the emirate he should continue to demonstrate his vociferous stand against injustice and insecurity in his emirate, Kano and the country at large. These are the ingredients that can propel the emirate to unprecedented development in future.

The new emir of Bichi had his primary and secondary education in Kano before proceeding to the University of Maiduguri to study Mass Communication. He is also a graduate of the Executive Programme of the prestigious Harvard Business School as well as obtaining certificate in German Language. He had extensive experience working with Continental Merchant Bank Nigeria, Coastal Corporation (Oil and Gas) Houston, Texas and Hamlet Investment Inc. London, UK.

His Highness Alhaji Muhammadu Nasiru Ado Bayero sits on the board of several successful businesses. Prominent among them are
chairman, 9Mobile, SEPLAT Petroleum (Nigerian independent producer), Platform Petroleum Limited (Nigerian independent producer), Intels (Oilfields) Services Nigeria Limited (Intels is the largest marine logistics company in Nigeria).
Others are Chairman of Enclo Limited, a Nigerian company providing currency operations support services to the Central Bank of Nigeria and other financial institutions as well as security documents design and printing solutions; a member of the Board of Trustee of the Admiralty University of Nigeria which was established as a Public-Private Partnership with Nigerian Navy Holding and Hellenic Education Nigeria, a private consultancy with international educator as main partners.

Dr Ganduje said his administration is committed in the promotion of the traditional institution, and urged Emir Nasiru Ado Bayero to use his position to promote peace and ensure development in Bichi, bringing to bear, his wealth of experience in the business world. He charged him to play the role of a father to all and desist from controversial issues, capable of promoting hate and crisis. He expressed optimism that the Bichi Emirate is on track to rapid socio-economic development with the coronation of His Highness emir of Bichi.

In his acceptance speech, the Emir of Bichi expressed gratitude to the people who have come to witness his coronation and pledged to continue with the legacies of his late father. He appreciated his late mother for the good upbringing. He also pledged to rule with the principle of equity and justice and ensure economic development of Bichi Emirate. He promised to improve the education and quality of life of the people.

On the issue of insecurity bedeviling the country, the emir tasked the people of his emirate to report strange movements to security agencies, pointing out that security is everybody’s business. He also appealed to people of the emirate to help him fight desertification and promised to carry everybody along and ensure the security of lives and property.

August 20 and 21, 2021, will surely remain indelible in the mind of the Emir of Bichi Alhaji Muhammadu Nasiru Ado Bayero as they are his most momentous days of his life. On my part, I pray to Allah to grant him wisdom and good health to reign very successful.

Dukawa writes from Kano