The late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero was a well-loved and influential traditional ruler. As the Emir of Kano for more than 50 years, Mr. Bayero was only third to the Sultan of Sokoto and the Emir of Gwandu in prominence in the perking order of northern Nigeria traditional rulers.
Beyond his royal and religious influence, Emir Bayero was also an astute businessman with investments spanning almost all sectors of the Nigerian economy and even beyond, his associates say. He is believed to have left behind a lot of wealth.
One of Emir Bayero’s alleged mistresses recently contacted PREMIUM TIMES to say she was in a lengthy but secret affair with him and that her children had been abandoned by Bayero’s family to suffer. She has threatened suicide by tomorrow, Monday if nobody comes to her aid.
Her name is Hauwa Momoh, daughter of a former senior traditional ruler in Edo State, the Otaru of Auchi…which makes her a princess. Read her story exclusively investigated and published by PREMIUM TIMES, after which we shall analyse her story…
With four wives already – maximum for a Muslim man – Mr. Bayero also maintained intimate relationships with a number of other women not married to him, Hauwa recently revealed. She said at least 16 of the women were known, and she was one of the lot. Her affair with Emir Bayero lasted 30 years, yielded two children, and the emir accepted and took care of them until his death in June. This is how it started…
Ms. Momoh’s relationship with Emir Bayero began in 1984. Her father, the late Otaru of Auchi, Ahmed Guruza Momoh, who was Emir Bayero’s friend had requested the late Emir to help her secure admission into Bayero University Kano [BUK], named after the emir himself. But instead of an admission into BUK, Ms. Momoh became pregnant for the Emir in 1986.
Ms. Momoh travelled back to Auchi to break the news to her father. The shocked chief sent her back to the emir, and vowed she would not be allowed to have her baby in his house without marriage. Fifteen years later, a second child, a boy, arrived. She did not return to school and appears never to have been in any gainful employment.
“I found out I was pregnant in 1986 when I was in London, and as I got back I told him I was pregnant for him, he then said we will get married after I put to bed because Islamically it’s wrong to marry someone who is pregnant.
I stayed in Kano for 32 years, the Emir was very nice to me while he was alive, he took care of me and our two children, and he gave us money, he was indeed a nice man before he died.
I was not able to see the Emir for one year as he fell ill, at the same time my children were also sick so I had to relocate to Lagos for further and better treatment. I and my children stayed in Lagos in my friends place till my children got better.”
After the emir took ill, communications slowed between him and his mistress. Two weeks before Mr. Bayero died, Ms. Momoh travelled to see him in Kano. While there, she said she realized her home in Kano had been vandalized and all her properties were stolen, leaving the house empty.
When she eventually met the emir, the traditional ruler, she said, promised to take care of her and her children. He promised them shelter and directed one of his sons, Nasir, to ensure that was done.
That warm relationship between her and Nasir broke down after the emir’s death. Now, Ms. Momoh blames Nasir and another of the late emir’s son, Aminu, for her troubles, saying they refused to carry out their father’s directive.
As her suffering and that of her children worsened, she said she met Nasir on several occassions, to convey to him how desperate she needed help. The two sons promised to get back to her, but never did. Ms. Momohs said today her children are no longer in school, as they roam the country looking for shelter. She is currently in Abuja squatting with a friend and struggling to survive.
Ms. Momoh said she was sent N250, 000 from Kano with a request to stay off the media. She said the money lasted two days as it could not sustain the lifestyle set for her by the emir while alive. On Friday, Ms. Momoh said she turned down another N2 million as settlement, because it was too meagre, given her current needs, taste and the family’s wealth. After turning down the money she said:
“Nasir knew us very well. In fact, he used to come and give us money for upkeep when his father was alive.
I almost slept at the central Mosque in Abuja, I have no savings, I have no roof over my head, my first daughter is due for the university but she is with me, my second son has been out of school for over a year now. We find it very difficult to eat. And all this became worse after the Emir died.
Just in case we don’t make it to Monday, tell our story.”
Ado Bayero’s family declined to speak formally to PREMIUM TIMES on the case.
THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR FAILURE. I’ll give you a feedback on this story if she even has the courage to commit suicide on Monday. Nor be tomorrow? Ehen na, we go see!
Hauwa’s story was exclusively reported by PREMIUM TIMES
Deevanalysis by Peace Ben Williams
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