The emir of Kano in northern Nigeria, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero is visiting The Gambia as part of a weeklong Senegambian visit.
According to the Nigerian press, the emir has been invited by the National Council of Elders of The Gambia.
A statement issued by the Kano Palace said the first-leg of the visit, which will take him to The Gambia will enable him to attend the independence anniversary, which will be celebrated tomorrow Friday, as a special guest of honour.
He is also expected to hold meetings with the members of the Gambian business community.
The emir is scheduled to attend the juma’at prayer together with President Adama Barrow, and later pay him a courtesy visit.
The visit to The Gambia will end with a grand reception in honour of Emir Bayero by The Gambia National Council of Elders.
The emir is accompanied on the visit by the Dan Malikin Kano, Ambassador Ahmed Umar; president, Kano Chamber of Commerce, Isa Sanusi; Alhaji Dalhatu Abubakar, and two other officials of the chamber.
Kano, where the Kano emirate is located has a population of over 15 million people. Aminu Ado Bayero, born in 1961 is the 15th Fulani Emir of Kano. He ascended the throne on 9th March 2020, following the deposition of his nephew Muhammad Sanusi II by Kano governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
In march last year, Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, was enthroned as the caliph of the Tijaniyah Sufi order in Nigeria.
Emir Bayero’s father, Ado Bayero, was the emir of Kano from 1963 to 2014 and the longest serving emir in the history of Kano. Aminu is the second eldest son of his father.
He received early Islamic education at home, where he learnt the Qur’an, Islamic jurisprudence and the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad. He studied mass communication at the Bayero University Kano and went to Flying College, Oakland, California, US.
The people of Kano are predominantly followers of Senegal’s Sheikh Ibrahim Niass.