The city of Ilorin, Kwara state capital stood still for the Emir of Kano, Alh Aminu Ado Bayero who was welcome into the town by a mammoth crowd of enthusiasts.
The Emir who was on a visit to his brother, the Emir of Ilorin, Alh Ibrahim Sulu- Gambari on a private visit, the first of such visits since he was crowned Emir of Kano was welcome with over two hundred horses and riders as well as other items of royality adorn the streets of Ilorin to welcome the monarch from the ancient city of Kano.
After a long walk on royal horses through the streets of Ilorin, Alhaji Ado Bayero arrived at the palace of the Emir of Ilorin at about 3:45 P.M where the Emir of Ilorin welcome him warmly.
Welcoming his guest, Sulu- Gambari was said” I’m very happy to have your Royal Highness in Ilorin, the city of Sheikh Alimi. Your visit today (Thursday) is historical in the history of both Kano and Ilorin emirates.”
Responding, the Emir of Kano said: ” I’m happy to be in Ilorin. I thank the people of Ilorin for this wonderful reception. I’m overwhelmed.”
Emir Ado Bayero, had arrived in Ilorin International Airport at 1.45 P.M into the waiting hands of his brother, Emir of Ilorin and members of his entourage aside from the cultural dancers and drummers who found their ways into the airport to welcome the Royal Guest.
Commercial tricycle riders were not left out as they added colours to the welcome party, dressed in beautiful regalia and positioned at strategic locations such as General Hospital area on Lagos road to receive and lead the visiting monarch to his destination.
On Friday, second day in Ilorin and as part of his schedule of visit, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero paid courtesy call on Governor AbdulRazaq at the government house after the Jumat service.
In his address of welcome, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq extolled the role of that traditional institutions are vital to the growth and peaceful coexistence of the society as they play key roles in the stability of the polity.
“As a government we have huge respect for traditional institution. And as far as I am concerned, despite the three tiers of government, I believe traditional institution is the fourth tier of government. That is possibly why the military made the funding of the institution to come directly from local government,” AbdulRazaq said.
“The reason I consider traditional institution as the fourth tier is because therein, there is the presence of the judiciary which resolves issues within the community. You have administration, you have security (system). Everything is encapsulated in that institution. You solved problems within our society. Even in the constitution of community policing, the federal government is believing on the traditional institution to build community policing system.”
The Governor also lauded the relationship between Kano and Ilorin emirates especially for the strengthening of the ties between both states especially in the area of economy such as agriculture and commerce.
“There is long history between Ilorin and Kano and Kwara and Kano States. The history traverses from tradition to commerce. That history is what we want to transform by your visit. I truly appreciate the visit of the Governor of Kano Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje who came to pay us a condolence visit after the loss of my father. He truly appreciated the history. We wish to establish some collaborations in the areas of business, education, administration and agriculture between Kano and Kwara States. We have discussed issues of agriculture, especially fertiliser and irrigation. We can learn from Kano. Since the time of Audu Bako, Kano State has led in irrigation and a lot of work has been done in that regard. We are learning from that experience and we are improving on what we are doing in Kwara State.
“This visit is also about culture. The cultures of Ilorin emirate and that of Kano are so interwoven. You can go back to the history of our emirate and Kano emirate through to Sheikh Uthman Dan Fodio. All these are available for those who want to learn about it. This visit will further strengthen our bond. His Royal Highness. We really appreciate Your Royal Highness for visiting us in Kwara.”
The reverred monarch used the opportunity to commiserate with Governor AbdulRazaq over the loss of his father AGF AbdulRazaq SAN, praying to Allah for the repose of the soul of the sage.
Prominent among dignitaries that graced the occasion are Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe (Kwara Central); Senator Umar Sadiq (Kwara North; Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly Rt Honourable Yakubu Danladi Salihu; Secretary to the Government of Kwara State Prof Mamman Saba Jubril; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Aliyu Mohammed Saifudeen; Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duties Yinka Aluko; and Kwara APC Chairman Bashir Bolarinwa.
The Kano monarch was accompanied on the courtesy visit by crème de la crème of the Kano Emirate Council and top lieutenants of the Emir of Ilorin such as Balogun Gambari, Alhaji Aliyu Adebayo and Dan Masanin Ilorin, Engineer Suleiman Yahya Alapansapa, among other dignitaries.
Ado Bayero, whose mother hailed from Ilorin as the son one of the daughters of the 8th Emir of Ilorin, Malam Abdulkadir Dan Bawa, said he had come to the ancient town to receive blessings from his maternal roots.
His words: “The purpose of my visit is to be back home, where I belong. To me, Kano and Ilorin are the same thing. Here is my home – maternal side – and I am happy to always be here. This is not my first time of coming, it is not the second and, in fact, I cannot even count the number of times I have come here. But this is unique because this is the first time I am coming to Ilorin after ascending the throne of my ancestors. I thank God for that.
“So, I come to have the blessings of my maternal side and leaders who I believe contributed a lot to the development of life up till this stage. Whether you are from Kwara, from Kano or anywhere, the most important thing is to send the message that we are one and the same. That is how God wanted it to be. If God wants us all to be from one place or culture, he can make that but he didn’t do that. There must be a purpose for that. So, we have to accept that, live by that and help those that need help among us.”