Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), led other leading officials of the party to Kano for the coronation of Muhammadu Sanusi II, 14th emir of Kano, on Saturday.
Aminu Tambuwal, speaker of the house of representatives; Bola Tinubu, national leader of APC and several governors of the party were also in attendance.
Some governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also graced the event.
Rabiu Kwankwaso, governor of Kano state, presented the staff of office to Sanusi, who was appointed the emir on June 8, 2014 after the death of Ado Bayero, on June 6, 2014.
At the ceremony, which held at the newly-constructed coronation hall at the government house, Kwankwaso described the emir as a knowledgeable person who acquired both the Islamic and western education.
He said the appointment of Sanusi was based on his personal track record of service and education, which are the pre-requisites, especially at this time.
“This occasion is a unique one for me personally as I present this staff of office to Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi as the 14th Emir of Kano,” he said.
“Above all, he is heir apparent of the throne, who has distinguished himself as an outstanding religious scholar that is quite conversant with our time.”
Kwankwaso commended all personalities and dignitaries who came from far and near to grace the occasion.
Responding, Sanusi promised to ensure justice and fairness in the discharge of his responsibilities.
He also promised to discharge his duties with the fear of God and to treat the people equally in order to ensure peace, unity and economic growth and development of the emirate and the country.
“With the responsibility vested on me, I promise to ensure justice and fairness to all for the sustenance of peaceful coexistence,’’ he said.
He said he would continue to protect the rights of his subjects and in addition give useful and meaningful advice to leaders in the state and the country.
“We will continue to protect the rights of our people and give other leaders useful and meaningful advice for the development of our state and the country,” he said.
“Today is not a day for long speeches but a day of joy and thanks to the Almighty God.”
He used the occasion to call on politicians to ensure peaceful elections in the country.
Sanusi urged district heads and other traditional rulers in the state to accord priority to issues of health, security, economy and education in their domains.
Among other dignitaries who attended the ceremony were Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto; Abubakar Umar El-kanemi, the Shehu of Borno; Yahaya Abubakar, Etsu Nupe; Shehu Idris, emir of Zazzu.