President Muhammadu Buhari paid eloquent homage to the late Nana Maryam Ado Bayero, the mother of two Emirs, on Thursday. He said that because of her singularity and contribution to mankind, the Guinness Book of Records should recognize her.
The President, who was represented at the event by his chief of staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, referred to late Maryam as an extraordinary mother who was full of compassion and love for everyone who came her way. The biography on the mother of the emirs of Kano and Bichi is titled “Maryam Ado Bayero: A Woman of Royal Virtue”.
The life and times of Hajiya Maryam Ado Bayero, Mai Babban Daki, the mother of Alhaji Aminu and Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero, First Class Emirs of Kano and Bichi, are chronicled in the book.
The late Maryam Ado Bayero was hailed by President Buhari as the personification of tradition and modernity, a thoroughbred princess who led a trailblazing life and was kind, compassionate, giving, and kind.
As we honor this wonderful royal lady, Gambari, the president’s representative, said: “The president requested me to communicate to this audience his dedication to preservation of tradition and modernization. Nobody better illustrates the connection between tradition and modernity than the woman we are honoring today.
As a political science professor and history major, I have yet to come across a person as fascinating as my late elder sister, who had the good fortune to grow up as the granddaughter of an emir, the 7th Emir of Ilorin, daughter of another emir, the 8th Emir of Ilorin, wife of a highly esteemed Emir of Kano, the late Ado Bayero, and mother of two emirs (Bichi and Kano). It ought to have been recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. By virtue of this outstanding historical effort by Ambassador Sani Hajo (author), we have memorialized her life and contributions for use as a compass by future generations.
Speaking on the President’s accomplishments as he gets ready to leave office, Gambari said the Buhari government is leaving the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, a foundation of free and fair elections.
“Mr. President is ending his eight-year time in office strong and healthy, leaving behind a number of legacies, among them the framework for a free and fair election that gave rise to the president-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
“It has also resulted in a lasting legacy of accomplishments in the fields of infrastructure, petroleum industry reform, and economic diversification. A few days ago, we witnessed him officially opening the second Niger Bridge, significant portions of the Kano-Abuja highway, and several other roads and bridges. And, of course, he is finishing strong and effectively in his efforts to drive back Nigeria’s adversaries via insurgency and other criminal activity.
In addition to other well-known Nigerians, the ceremony was attended by the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Muhammadu Sa’adu Abubakar, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, sitting Ministers, Senators, and captains of industry.