Ado Bayero in Good Spirit, Says Tafida
The High Commissioner of Nigeria to the United Kingdom, Dr. Dalhatu Tafida, has assured Nigerians and, particularly , the people of Kano State that the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, who escaped assassins' bullets penultimate Saturday is in good health.
The High Commissioner said that though the Emir escaped unhurt, he was still in shock over the death of four of his palace guards.
The Emir, according to Dalhatu, is in a private residence and is adequately being taken care of by his children, especially one of the daughters who dresses some injuries sustained on his leg, apparently due to the attack. He said the Emir could easily move around and also discuss with people (visitors) convivially.
Tafida, who said the Emir was due to be in London two days before the attack, said he has taken some people to see the Emir, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
'If you have seen me, you have seen the Emir. I am always with him since he came to London as a result of the attack. Therefore there is no point going to see him because as royal father, they hardly see people when they are not in good health,' he said.
Also the High Commissioner confirmed that the Emir of Zauzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, is in constant touch with the Emir of Kano and spoke with him over the phone for a long period.
Tafida, who described the Emir as a man of peace who likes to do things according to how God has designed it, said there was no reason why some people would like to kill the Emir.
'Imagine what could have happened if the Emir had died in such a circumstance,' he said. 'Such a thing could have disorganised the country, especially the north in a way.'
The High Commissioner also used the opportunity to inform that the Commission was making considerable progress in terms of providing quality services to Nigerians in Diaspora and other national that needs their services.
He said he has been able to stop a lot of dodgy attitudes and clandestine businesses that were going on especially in the immigration section of the Commission where corruption was endemic.
'I am not aspiring for any political post, so I must try my best to turn things around and provide good service to the people. I have been able to achieve a lot of things in the Commission and Nigerians in Diaspora can attest to it,' he said.
Asked if chance permit, he could still campaign for President Goodluck Jonathan should he declare his intention to contest in the 2015 presidential election, Tafida said if the constitution allows the President to go ahead, that he will support him.
'If I am still in service and the constitution is his favour, I will do my best to support him,' he promised. (Thisday)