Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, has been speaking of reasons why he decided to visit Abeokuta first in the Southern Part of Nigeria.
The Sarkin Kano, who was on his maiden and official visit to the South disclosed that his late father and Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, had always spoken to him about the greatness and friendliness of the Egba people, alongside their first contact with Missionaries and Western Education.
He further disclosed that he had therefore been eager to come to Egbaland since he became the Emir in March this year.
He described Egbaland as the habitat of a people with glorious history and pedigree since it was founded in 1830.
The Sarkin Kano pointed out that the history of Nigeria would not be complete without mentioning many positive contributions that the Egba indigenes had made to make Nigeria greater
He extolled some of great Egba sons and daughters who had contributed to the history and greatness of Egbaland and Nigeria.
They included Sir Adetokunbo Ademola, Nigeria’s first Chief Justice, Sir Frederick Rotimi Williams, A Queen’s Counsel and Senior Advocate, Professor Wole Soyinla, the first Nigeria’s Nobel Laureate, Chief Ernest Shonekan, GCFR of the Interim Government, MKO Abiola, the political martyr of 1993 Presidential Elections and many others.
He concluded that it would be a serious omission if he did not come down to Egbaland to share with the Alake wisdom, tolerance and friendliness and understanding of a diverse people.
Emir Aminu Ado Bayero also revealed that he was aware that Kano and Northerners in Abeokuta were happy and doing their businesses without harassment or discomfort of any kind, adding that Abeokuta and Kano shared some historical identities.
He referred to Yoruba Settlements in Kano where Yoruba’s had been living in peace and economic freedom.
Alhaji Aminu Bayero said it was in the tradition of the Kano people to travel out to places like Abeokuta to share wisdom, adding that his late father was very close to the Paramount Ruler of Ife, and he couldn’t just forget their relationship which cut across religions and ethnicity.
In his response, the Chief Host and the Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, His Majesty, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, told the Emir and his entourage that, they were always welcomed into any part of Egbaland.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo commended the 15th Emir Kano for extending the already established link in history and knowledge, noting that Kano for many centuries was a centre of learning and commerce in the old trans- Saharan to Magreb and Mediterranean regions.
The Alake also recalled that a foremost Yoruba Monarch, late Ooni Oba Sijuade was the best friend of the Emir Aminu’s father, Ado Bayero.
He also said that Egba was closer to Kano, which was founded more than 1000 years ago, accommodating peoples of other beliefs and background.
Alake wished him the best, in terms of administration, understanding, peace and prosperity of Kano.
The Alake and Egba high Chiefs later accompanied the Emir of Kano and his entourage on a courtesy visit to the former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Kuto Abeokuta.
Former President Obasanjo conducted his visitors round the facilities at OOPL where the Sarkin Kano observed Suri and Asri prayers.
The Emir’s entourage included five Kano Kingmakers. They were Shamakin Kano, Dan Rimin Kano, Salannan Kano, Sarkin Dogarai and Masun Zagi.
Egba High Chiefs that joined Alake in receiving the Emir were Balogun Sikirullah Atobatele, Seriki Tosin Fadare, Aare Ganiyu Babayeju, Aro Oluyinka Kufile, Baajiki Olowookere, AgbaAkin Navy Captain Rasheed Raji, Asiwaju Baamofin Sunday Oduntan and Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode.
The Iyalode Egba Chief Mrs Alaba Lawson led two other women high Chiefs, Otun Iyaloja Kemi Oloyede and GbegbaAje Teju Adenekan Bakre.