Emir of Kano weeps over Boko Haram attacks

The Emir of Kano receiving the President

The Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero,  wept on Sunday while playing host to President Goodluck Jonathan who had visited to condole with him over Friday coordinated bomb attack on the city.


The Emir, apparently saddened by the loss of lives in his traditional domain, broke down in tears as he explained the incident to the president and his entourage.


The Emire told President Jonathan that there is a dearth of security officer in the city to match its huge population. He urged the President to increase the number of security agents in the state considering its land size, population and economic significance. Kano trails Lagos as Nigeria’s second largest commercial city.


“On our part,” the Emir said, “our efforts in organizing prayers all over the state will continue. In fact we are intensifying right now and praying that the Almighty Allah in his mercies will eliminate any other future occurrence of the ugly incident.”


The President later visited the affected areas of the bomb blast including the Zone 1 police headquarters.


President Jonathan admitted that the Friday coordinated deadly attack on government facilities in Kano, which left over 150 dead and scores injured, is the worst in the history of Nigeria and Boko Haram attacks.


The President admitted Boko Haram has been “with us” for quite some time, but the magnitude of the attack on Kano was the worst in Nigeria’s Boko Haram history.


The president had in an earlier statement by his spokesman, Reuben Abati, underestimated the level of carnage in the attack, placing the death toll at seven.


He blamed the attack on “some elements in the society who want to create chaos to distract us and God willing they will never succeed.” 


On his visit to Kano, the President said Boko Haram terrorists are not “spirits neither are they ghost” urging a collective fight against the terrorists. “They cannot win Nigerians,” he said.

He urged Kano residents to help give relevant information to the security agencies.  He added that the Federal Government would strengthen the security in Kano and other parts of Nigeria.

He promised to ensure the victims did not lose their lives in vain. The President also assured that the Federal Government would work with the Kano State government to figure out the level of assistance victims could get from government.


“We call on the Almighty Allah to encourage them and provide for them,” the president said.



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  • Jideoniroyin

    Is that not crocodile tears? Rather than shed tears, I believe the Emir and other Northern elders should work harder in arresting the disturbing trend of deadly attacks carried out by the Boko Haram sect members in thier domain.

  • Mikeadeb

    Is the Emir shedding tears because it affected his domain? What about so many other innocent lives lost since the Boko Haram nemance? Pls, Emir weep n pray for all not only the Kano victims. Help fish out those giving Islam a bad name.

  • Rogunsuiy

    Why is it that 2 things are predictable with Nigerian leaders: tears and “prayers”? When are they going to start attacking Boko Haram and the socio-economic environment that grows them? Did anyone notice that the gaudy furniture at the emir’s living room could fund a few jobs that would keep Nigerian youths busy being employed? Yes, including the despicable BH operatives who are probably being used by the amir and president’s class?

  • Ebenezerso

    Seems as if this president has not gotten it, or it’s that he’s fein his fears else why has he not done much on this issue. Baba might have not been all that kosher but he most certainly does certain things right, him being a military man, by now Boko Haram and their sponsors would have known who the sheriff is. That’s what a leader does, what more in a crazy environment like Nigeria with 160 million plus people, sprinkled with about 1000 or so maddening bastards from the North. Jonathan needs to show what he’s made of rather than all that timidity of his. He needs to take the fight into the enemy’s camp, full force. We Yorubas have a coinage that goes ‘petepete t’ano l’abata, eni ‘tasi l’ara k’oforijiwa’, but in this case, no apologies needed. The shit has to hit the fan over there in the North, Maiduguri for starter. Jonathan, show what you’re made of, after all you’ve got the mandate of the people, swing it.