Crowd of mourners at the burial of the emir of Kano, Al-Haji Ado Bayero, in Kano on June 6, 2014.
Tens of thousands of people have attended the burial of the emir of Kano, one of Nigeria’s most prominent and revered Muslim leaders.
Today, June 6, emir of Kano was buried after palace funeral at his Nasarawa GRA residence according to Islamic rites.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Vice President Namadi Sambo, Sultan of Sokoto, FCT Minister Bala Mohammed and the National Security Adviser, retired Col. Sambo Dasuki, were among the others who attended emir’s burial, according to NAN.
Al-Haji Ado Bayero, on the throne in the northern city since 1963, died after a long illness at the age of 83.
He was the longest-serving emir in Kano’s history and sought to reduce tensions with Nigeria’s Christians.
He was also a critic of Boko Haram and survived an assassination attempt last year blamed on the Islamist group.
During the emir’s 50-year-reign, Nigeria has experienced a great deal of turmoil with military coups and unrest but he always stayed out of politics.
The announcement of his death was made by palace officials on Friday morning – and thousands of people then poured into the city, where they gathered in the grounds of the emir’s palace.
Emirs, dignitaries and politician from across the country were also in attendance.
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