By Fanen Ihyono, Kano and Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja
The mother of the Emir of Kano, Alh. Aminu Ado Bayero, Hajiya Maryam Ado Bayero, is dead.
The late Hajiya Maryam is also the mother of the Emir of Bichi, Alh. Nasiru Ado Bayero.
In his reaction and condolence message to the royal families on Saturday, President Muhammadu Buhari described the late Hajiya Maryam as ‘a fountain of inspiration.’
The President also commiserated with the Ilorin royal family, which includes the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari and the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, over the death of Hajiya Ado Bayero.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari said “the passing of Hajiya Maryam Ado Bayero is a great shock and a big loss to the late Emir’s family.”
“I have received the news of her death with profound sadness. She was a great and a revered mother who was a fountain of inspiration not only for the family but also others who had interacted with her,” the President noted.
Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, also on Saturday described her death as an inevitable act of God every mortal will test.
He said the good deeds of the deceased will remain in the minds of the people of Kano.
On behalf of Kano people and the state government, Ganduje expressed his deepest condolences to the deceased’s sons -the Emirs of Kano and Bichi, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero and Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero.
The governor, in his condolences issued by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, described the deceased as a “highly disciplined and honest mother who trained her children on the path of God.”
Reacting also yesterday to the death of Ado Bayero’s widow, former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, described the deceased as a personification of motherhood and strong family values that saw her children rising to prominence and behaving as true reflection of their upbringing.
Atiku, in a statement signed by his aide, Paul Ibe, praised what he called “her positive influence on the life of her children”, adding that “she was the kind of mother all children should be proud of.”
Other top officials that have formally commiserated with the family and Kano State include the Northern States Governors Forum.
According to the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong, the forum described her as “a loving, humble and exemplary mother that devoted her life to inculcating positive values to the younger generation and also promoting peaceful coexistence and tolerance among people of different persuasions.”
In a statement signed by the spokesman, Simon Makut, the forum prayed God to grant her eternity and console the royal family.
Meanwhile, sympathisers have been trooping the palaces of the Emir of Kano and the Emir of Bichi to condole with the family.
A source from the palace said Hajiya Maryam died on Saturday morning in Cairo, Egypt, after a protracted illness.
Arrangements are being made to bring her remains home for burial, our source said, and added that the funeral programme will be officially announced.
The late Maryam, who is the wife of the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, was a princess and elder sister to the present Emir of Ilorin Alh. Ibrahim Sulu Gambari.
Until her death, she was holding the title of ‘Mai Babban daki’ according to the mother of the reigning Emir.
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