The Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness Alhaji Ado Bayero, has disclosed that his visit to Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, was to receive blessings from his maternal roots.
He disclosed this when he visited the governor of the state, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.
The Emir was on the trip with his brother, Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero, who is the Emir of Bichi.
Both are grandsons to the late 8th Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji AbdulKadir Dan Bawa who reigned from 1919 to 1959.
According to the Emir: “The purpose of my visit is to be back home, where I belong. To me, Kano and Ilorin are the same thing. Here is my home – maternal side – and I am happy to always be here.
“This is not my first time of coming, 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 this is the first time I am coming to Ilorin after ascending the throne of my ancestors. I thank God for that.
“So, I come to have the blessings of my maternal side and leaders who I believe contributed a lot to the development of life up till this stage.
“Whether you are from Kwara, from Kano or anywhere, the most important thing is to send the message that we are one and the same. That is how God wanted it to be.
“If God wanted us all to be from one place or culture, he can make that but he didn’t do that. There must be a purpose for that. So, we have to accept that, live by that and help those that need help among us.”
While applauding the Emir for the visit, the Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, noted that the traditional institutions are vital to the growth and peaceful coexistence of the society.