The Government and people of Kano state have received with shock the death of the longest-serving kingmaker, the Sarkin Ban Kano, Alhaji Mukhtar Adnan.
Sarking Bai died in the early hours of Friday after a brief illness at the age of 95 and has since been buried according to Islamic rites.
Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje described the late Kingmaker as a rare gem, a highly disciplined and patriotic leader.
The governor in a statement further said the nonagenarian passed away when Kano needed his foresight the most.
“It is at this juncture that I want, on behalf of the government and people of Kano State, to extend our condolences to his family. May Allah Bless him and Forgive him,” the Governor prayed.
Similarly, the Speaker of Kano State House of Assembly, Alhaji Hamisu Chidari described the death of Sarkin Bai, as a great loss to the entire nation.
The Speaker said in a statement that Alhaji Mukhtar Adnan would forever be remembered for his commitment to the development of the state.
History of Sarkin Ban Kano
According to history, the deposed Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi I appointed Mukhtar Adnan as Sarkin Bai in 1954 to succeed his father.
Born in 1926, late Adnan attended Dambatta Elementary School, Kano Middle School and Zaria Clerical School.
He later started working with the Kano Native Authority where he served in various capacities before his elevation to the position of Sarkin Bai, Kano.
Late Sarkin Bai Kano was also a Member of the Federal House of Representatives during the First Republic and was also appointed the first Kano State Commissioner for Education in 1968.
Adnan was the longest-serving member of the Kano Emirate Council since the establishment of the Emirate in the 19th century.
He served for 63 years as District, Councilor and Kingmaker.
He participated in the selection of Emir of Kano Muhammadu Inuwa (1963), Emir of Kano Ado Bayero (1963-2014), Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II (2014-) and the current Kano state Emir Aminu Ado Bayero in 2020.
Writing by Khadija Aliyu; editing by Abdullahi Lamino