Al-Haji Ado Bayero is dead, he’s was a prominent emir in the north. He died after a battle with cancer, palace sources say.
He was the longest-serving emir in Kano’s history and sought to reduce tensions with Nigeria’s Christians.
He was also a critic of Boko Haram and survived an assassination attempt last year blamed on the Islamist group.
During the emir’s 50-year-reign, Nigeria has experienced a great deal of turmoil with military coups and unrest but he always stayed out of politics.
He was later buried according to Islamic rites.