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Buhari’s In-law Ado-Bayero Breaks Down In Tears At Book Launch



The Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Ado-Bayero, on Thursday, broke down in tears while paying tribute to his late mum, Maryam, at the official launch of her biography in Abuja.

The launch of the biography titled, “Maryam Ado Bayero: A Woman of Royal Virtue”, which took place at Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, attracted political bigwigs and first-class monarchs in Nigeria.

The Emir, whose daughter Zahra, had an elaborate wedding with Yusuf, son of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), two years ago, wept for some seconds before continuing with his speech.

He said, “My late mother, Maryam Ado Bayero, was full of many qualities. She was bright, virtuous, patient, endurance and tolerant. She had a good relationship with her husband, co-wives and children in the palace.

“I also shared a special moment with her. I remember how she paid me a visit when she heard I was reluctant to accept the offer to become the second emir of Bichi. She said in her usual gentle voice and I quote: “Allah has blessed me with two gifts in my lifetime. Why are you trying to throw one of them away?

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“I was completely disturbed by her words because whenever she wanted to criticise you, her criticisms were always constructive.”

The emir broke down in tears at that point.

The late Maryam Ado Bayero was the granddaughter of the seventh Emir of Ilorin; daughter of the eighth Emir of Ilorin; wife to the late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, and mother of the current Emirs of Bichi and Kano respectively.

In a related development, President Buhari has recommended that the late matriarch for mention in the World Guinness Book of Records.

The president stated that aside from how she impacted humanity positively, Maryam appeared to be the woman to be linked with four first-class emirs in history.

Buhari, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, further described her as the embodiment of tradition and modernity, a thorough-bred royal who lived a life of a trailblazer.

“Nobody exemplifies the link between tradition and modernity than the lady we are honouring here today. As a professor of political science and a student of history myself, I am yet to stumble upon a more interesting personality such as my late elder sister, who in her lifetime had the good fortune of being the granddaughter of an emir, daughter of another emir, wife to the outstanding revered Emir of Kano and mother of two Emirs (Bichi and Kano).

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“This should have entered the Guinness Book of Records. By virtue of this great piece of history by Ambassador Sani Hajo (author), we have captured and immortalised her life and works for future generations to rely on as a compass.”

The event was well attended by the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Muhammadu Sa’adu Abubakar, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, serving Ministers, Senators, captains of industries, among other prominent Nigerians.

In his opening address, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, explained that the decision by his government to immortalize the late ‘Mai Babban Daki’ through his biography project was informed by their desire to inspire younger generations, especially the girl child.

Ganduje said documenting the life of a distinguished mother is a service to history, knowledge, and development, adding that “every part of her life is but a mirror for the present and future generations.

“The idea behind the book is in itself unique. It started as a discussion between the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and myself during the period of mourning for her departure, when he briefed me about her royal pedigree from the eminent scholar and leader, Sheikh Salihu al Alimi, the founder of modern Ilorin, through many emirs.

“The subject of this biography of Nana Maryam Ado Bayero is special in many ways. She has been recognized for her humility, generosity and unassuming. Despite her position, she lived a simple life worthy of emulation.

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“The state government will also support the establishment of a foundation to continue with the good work she had been doing when she was alive which included the building of a Friday Mosque, an Islamiyya school as well as sponsoring an annual Maulud at the Kano Emir’s Palace and Qur’anic Recitation Competitions. Therefore, as a step forward, proceeds from today’s launch will be directed to that foundation.”

The Ooni of Ife, who described the late matriarch as her mother, further urged Nigerian women to train their children properly in such a way that it would bring them future glory.

The monarch said: “Our late mother is a virtuous woman and I am proud to have identified with her. I will urge Nigerian women to train their children so that one day they will bring glory to them.”



Man Arrested After Bomb Threat At Denmark Airport



A man was arrested in connection with a bomb threat late on Saturday morning that forced the evacuation of Denmark’s second largest airport, police said.

Flights to and from Billund airport in central Denmark have been suspended. No time has yet been set for the resumption of flights.

“Following an alert about a bomb at Billund airport, police in southeast Jutland have arrested a man,” Danish police said in a statement.

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The airport website highlights several cancelled flights that were due to leave in the early afternoon, to Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Barcelona.

Police are investigating whether there is a link between this bomb threat and the bombing of an ATM in Billund at around 04:00 am (0200 GMT) on Saturday.

Billund airport is near the headquarters of the manufacturer of Lego toy bricks and the Legoland theme park.


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Grammy Winner Found Dead In Her Apartment



Grammy-winning singer Mandisa, who rose to fame on season five of “American Idol,” has died.

She died on Thursday, April 18 at the age of 47, her representative said Friday.

“We can confirm that yesterday Mandisa was found in her home deceased,” her representative said in a statement. “At this time we do not know the cause of death or any further details.”

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“We ask for your prayers for her family and close knit circle of friends during this incredibly difficult time,” the statement concluded.

A post on the artist’s Facebook page said early Friday: “Mandisa was a voice of encouragement and truth to people facing life’s challenges all around the world. She wrote this song for a dear friend who had passed in 2017.”

“Her own words say it best. I’m already home / You’ve got to lay it down / ‘cause Jesus holds me now— / And I am not alone.”

Born and raised in Citrus Heights, California, Mandisa studied music in college before auditioning for Idol in 2005.

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Mandisa’s shot to stardom after placing ninth on “American Idol,” alongside favorites like Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Chris Daughtry, Paris Bennett, Elliott Yamin and eventual winner Taylor Hicks.

After her Idol elimination, Mandisa went on to release her debut album, True Beauty, in 2007. The LP debuted at No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums charts, a historic feat that made Mandisa the first new female artist ever to debut on the top of the chart’s 27-year history.

True Beauty was the first six albums Mandisa would release throughout her career, including an acclaimed 2008 holiday record, It’s Christmas, and her most recent offering, 2017’s Out of the Dark.

She went on to win a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album in 2014 for her album “Overcomer.”


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Man Sets Self On Fire Outside Trump Trial Venue



A man set himself on fire Friday outside the court where Donald Trump is standing trial in Manhattan, with officers rushing to extinguish the flames.

Burning clothes were strewn in the park, which was locked down by authorities, while ambulances lined up nearby on standby, an AFP correspondent at the scene saw, describing a strong smell of burning chemicals.

The scene unfolded moments after the full panel of 12 jurors and six alternates was selected for the trial of the former president in a hush money cover-up case.

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A male did light himself on fire outside of the Supreme Courthouse. We’re still gathering details from the field,” said a New York Police Department spokesman.

The fire department did not respond to a request for comment, but media reported the man had been taken away for medical treatment.

The incident happened in a park opposite the 100 Centre Street courthouse, which has been used by authorities to corral protesters, both pro-Trump and anti-Trump, as well as by some members of the media.

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The park, which is close to several courthouses and other buildings, is a popular local lunch spot.

Trump’s criminal trial, the first of a former president, is being conducted amid tight security in a 15th-floor courtroom swarming with Secret Service officers as well as court police.

New York’s police department had promised a major deployment to ensure the trial passes off safely, with the force’s head of intelligence John Hart calling it a “major challenge.”


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