- A new Emir of Rano emerged on Tuesday, May 5
- Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Tuesday appointed Alhaji Kabiru Muhammad Inuwa to take over from late Alhaji Tafida Abubakar Illa
- This was revealed by Ganduje's chief press secretary, Abba Anwar
The governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Tuesday, May 5, appointed a new Emir Rano to take over from late Alhaji Tafida Abubakar Illa who died recently.
As contained in a statement signed by Ganduje's chief press secretary, Abba Anwar, the governor appointed Alhaji Kabiru Muhammad Inuwa to become the new Emir of Rano, The Nation reports.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Tafida Abubakar Ila II was dead. The monarch died on Saturday, May 2, at Nassarwa Specialist Hospital at about 4.45pm after a brief illness.
His Rano emirate was one of four new emirates created in Kano in the wake of the Balkanisation of the Kano emirate.
The monarch was reported to have been hospitalised on Friday, May 1, though details of his ailment were not disclosed.
The monarch's death was confirmed by Turakin Rano, Kabiru Alhassan Rurum, who said the late emir was admitted at the hospital on Friday.
Rurum, who is a former speaker of the Kano state House of Assembly, said the emir would be buried on Saturday, May 2, according to Islamic rites.
Though details of the illness were not disclosed, the monarch's death occurred amid rising mass deaths in Kano, some of which have been linked to the coronavirus pandemic.
President Muhammadu Buhari, in reaction to the sad news, commiserated with the Kano state government and the Council of Chiefs over the passing of Emir of Rano, Alhaji Tafida Abubakar Ila Auta Bawo.
The president's condolence was contained in a statement released by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, on Saturday evening, May 2, shortly after the emir's death was announced.
Shehu said President Buhari joined the family and Rano Emirate in mourning the royal father, whose words of wisdom, nobility and decency will be sorely missed, especially at a time the government is relying on traditional rulers to sensitize citizens on directives for safety.
In another related development, the head of communications in the Kano state office of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Malam Rabiu Musa, was dead. The deceased's son, Musa Rabiu, confirmed the death to newsmen in Kano.
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