Maternal Home: Mammoth Crowd Receives Emir Bayero of Kano in Ilorin, Kwara
A mammoth crowd thronged the Ilorin International airport to welcome the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero.
The new Emir of Kano, whose mother is from Ilorin is on a 3-day official visit to the ancient city.
Recall that the monarch replaced former Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Alhaji Lamido Sanusi, who was deposed by Governor Ibrahim Ganduje of Kano state.
Some dignitaries from the palace of the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, and notable sons of Ilorin were at the airport to meet with him.
The Emir landed at the airport in the company of some traditional chiefs and was given a rousing welcome as he alighted from his flight.
Cultural dancers, drummers also found their way into the airport to welcome the royal majesty with sounds of drums and songs renting the air.
Our correspondent also observed many commercial tricycle riders conveying several residents stormed the Ilorin international airport to receive the royal majesty.
Several horse riders dressed in beautiful regalia were seen waiting for the Emir at the General hospital area with many residents and commuters stopping to watch them as it was the usual scene during the yearly Dubar celebration.
Security operatives from the Nigerian police force, DSS, NSCDC, and even the local vigilante officers were mobilized into the streets and inside the airport to ensure the maintenance of law and order.
Officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, were also placed at strategic locations at Ilorin General Hospital to Sawmill road and down to the airport road, to ensure the free flow of traffic.
Meantime Kwara State Government has called on members of the public to accord a befitting welcome to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero.
This is contained in the press statement issued in Ilorin by Commissioner for Communications, Harriet Afolabi -Oshatimehin
The statement also urged the citizens of Ilorin to do so within the limits allowed by the NCDC safety protocols for the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to her, “We call on citizens, especially those in the state capital Ilorin, to accord the revered Emir a welcome that is befitting of his distinguished royal stool.
“The state government is indeed glad and honoured to welcome the Emir of Kano, and wishes his royal highness a memorable stay in the state of harmony.”