By Demola Akinyemi
The Emir of Kano, Mai-Martaba Alhaji Ado Bayero, has revealed the reasons why he visited Ilorin, the capital of the state of Kwara.
The monarch and his younger brother, who is also the Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero, are grandsons of the late eighth Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji AbdulKadir Dan Bawa, who reigned from 1919 to 1959.
The monarch who spoke during his visit to Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq revealed that he had come to the ancient city to receive the blessings of his maternal roots.
He also sympathized with the governor for the loss of his father, AGF AbdulRazaq SAN, and prayed to Allah that the sage’s soul rests.
His words: “The purpose of my visit is to be back home, where I belong. For me, Kano and Ilorin are the same. Here is my home, the maternal side, and I am happy to always be here.
“This is not the first time I have come, 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 it is the first time I have come to Ilorin after ascending to the throne of my ancestors. I thank God for that.
“So, I came to have the blessings from my mother’s side and leaders that I think contributed a lot to the development of life up to this stage. Whether you are from Kwara, Kano or anywhere, the most important thing is to send the message that we are one and the same.
This is how God wanted it to be. If God wants us all to be from the same place or culture, He can do that, but He didn’t. There must be a purpose for that. So we have to accept that, live by it and help those who need help among us. “
In his remarks, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said that traditional institutions are vital for the growth and peaceful coexistence of society, as they play key roles in the stability of politics.