World Bulletin / News Desk
Thousands upon thousands of Nigerians gathered on Saturday for the burial of the emir of Kano, Al-Haji Ado Bayero, who died on Friday after a long illness aged of 83.
Having ruled the northern city since 1963, he was the longest-serving monarch in Kano's history, and was well known for his efforts to bridge peace between Muslims and Christians in the state.
As Nigeria's most influential Muslim leader, he headed the criticism of Boko Haram, a shadowy group of militants based in the Borno State that has been attacking Christians as well as Muslims who are critical of their tactics.
Despite staying out of politics during his 50-year-rule, his criticism of Boko Haram almost got him killed in January 2013, barely surviving an assassination attempt.
Emirs, dignitaries and politician from across the country gathered at the palace to pay their last respects to the deceased leader amid open-air prayers.
In a presidential statement, Goodluck Jonathan praised the emir for his "immense wisdom" and for using "his exalted throne to build bridges of unity, friendship and harmony across the nation."Last Mod: 07 Haziran 2014, 16:05