President Muhammadu Buhari has joined other Nigerians to mourn the death of one of the longest serving kingmakers in the history of the Kano Emirate, Sarkin Bai Kano, Alhaji Mukhtar Adnan.
The President in a statement issued Friday by his media aide, Garba Shehu, said his demise represented the fall of a colossus with a remarkable record of service.
In his tribute to the 95-year old kingmaker, President Buhari said the late Sarkin Bai Kano was “an immense historical figure who loomed large in our political and cultural affairs.”
According to him, “Mukhtar Adnan’s record of serving the Kano Emirate for 63 years and as a Chief Whip in the First Republic Parliament, qualifies him to be one of our greatest historical players and actors in the evolution of Nigeria.”
He said the Sarkin Bai would not only be remembered for participating in the selection of five Emirs in the Kano Emirate, but also for his contributions in the development of our democracy.
“I’m proud to say without any fear of contradictions that Mukhtar Adnan belongs to the golden age of our democracy when the main motivation for politicians was selfless public service rather than the desire to amass wealth. One of Wam Bai’s remarkable virtues was his tested and untainted integrity,” Buhari added.