The Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop Justin Welby yesterday in London condemned the attack on the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, describing it as “disgraceful’’ and ``atrocious’’.
Welby said this when he paid a sympathy visit to the royal father, who was flown to London following the attack in Kano by unknown gunmen on January 19.
The gunmen attacked the emir’s convoy along Zoo road, near Sahad Stores, killing his driver, his orderly and a traditional guard who tried to protect him. The emir’s two sons, who were also in his convoy, were injured. The attack came less than 24 hours before the one year anniversary of a coordinated bomb attacks by Boko Haram in Kano on January 20, 2012 which left over 180 persons dead.
Archbishop Welby said: “I am here to bring my condolences on the disgraceful and atrocious attack on His Royal Highness. And on the loss of some of his staff, which is something that is a great shame and I rejoice that His Royal Highness himself was unharmed in the attack.
“I pray for you and all those in Nigeria who carry out the work of peace, reconciliation and seek to bring Nigeria to the place where it is supposed to be in strength and prosperity against the terrorists,” he added.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bayero expressed appreciation for the visit and congratulated Welby on his appointment.
The emir, who spoke in Hausa through the Chiroman Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Bayero, commended the role of the Anglican Communion in promoting peace and unity in Nigeria. The Archbishop was received by the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingom, Dr Dalhatu Tafida and the Turakin Kano, Alhaji Nasir Bayero.
Last week, security forces attached to the Joint Task Force (JTF) outfit operating in Kano State arrested one of the suspected masterminds of the attackers of the Emir.
The man, identified as Suleiman and also known as Babawo, was picked at his residence located in Chiranchi quarters behind the old campus of Bayero University Kano, security sources disclosed.
Officials revealed that the suspect was fingered as the person commanding several insurgent attacks in Kano recently.
It was also gathered that the suspect is a retired police corporal and has provided information that led to the arrest of two other suspects at different parts of the state, including a university undergraduate.