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Mukhtari Adnan, Kano’s longest serving kingmaker who elected 4 emirs, dies at 95

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The longest serving kingmaker and district head of Dambatta in Kano, Mukhtar Adnan, has died.

The late monarch, who held the senior title of Sarkin Ban Kano, died at 95.

A family source confirmed the death to DAILY NIGERIAN on Friday morning, saying he died two days after admission at a private hospital, UMC Zhahir, in Kano.

“He died around 4am this morning just two days after admission at the hospital. His funeral prayer will hold later today after Friday prayer in Dambatta,” said the source.

Appointed as Sarkin Bai in 1954 by the then Emir Muhammadu Sanusi I, the late traditional ruler participated in the selection processes of Emirs Muhammadu Inuwa in April 1963; Ado Bayero in October 1963; Muhammadu Sanusi II in June 2014 and; Aminu Bayero in March 2020.

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He attended Dambatta Elementary School from 1935 to 1939; Clerical Training School, Zaria from 1946 to 1947 and later obtained a Diploma in Parliament Procedures.

He started his working career in the Kano Native Authority where he served in various capacities, including senior accountant of the authority.

He was elected as Member of the Federal House of Representatives during the First Republic and served as the Chief Whip of the Northern Peoples Congress, NPC.

The late Sarkin Bai also served as the first Kano State Commissioner for Education in 1968.

He left behind many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Among his children is the former minister of Finance, Mansur Mukhtar.

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