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He was born around 1904/1319 in Rumfa palace. He was around fifteen years of age when his father died and he was brought under the care of his eldest brother, Ciroma Abdullahi Bayero. Chiroma Abdullahi Bayero became Emir in 1926 and in 1927, he appointed to Muhammad Inuwa to the post of Turaki and posted him to head the Ungogo District. In 1931, he was transferred to Minjibir with the same title. He was promoted to the highest royal title of Galadima when his brother Galadima Abdulkadir died in 1939.

Before he became Turaki, Muhammadu Inuwa was just another prince, superficially educated and always s wearing an air of princely arrogance. He was however marked out for his love and loyalty to his brother Abdullahi Bayero ever before he latter became Emir.

Two inter-related events came to change the life of m. Muhammadu Inuwa. The first event was the Islamisation policy, which Emir Abdullahi Bayero introduced on his ascension to the Emirship. The second event wat his attachment to one of the bearers of that policy in the person of a man known in Kano circle of scholars as Shaykh Yahya b. Muhamad Naffakha. Shaykh Yahya was a student of Wali Sylayman, who recommended him to the emir for appointment as an agent of the Islamisation policy and was posted to Ungogo District as the chief scribe and the deputy to the district head. The relationship between the prince and the Mallam became so intimate that the Mallam became popularly known as Mallam Yahya Na Galadima.

Mallam Yahya was said to have considerable influence on Muhammadu Inuwa. In the first place as Muahmmada Inuwa acquired a respectable standard of Islamic education from the Mallam and considerable measure of a quietist mystical experience as an active member of Tijjaniyah tariqah to which Mallam Yahya also belonged. Muhammad Inuwa became well known for his patience, piety and entire life style. Even though surrounded by servants, ex-slaves and officials, Muhammadu Inuwa would repair his leaking roofs by himself, wear ordinary cloth and behave with considerable deference to people below his social status. He was able to shed his princely mien and acquired unassuming spiritual arch. He also built a reputation of incorruptibility to the extent that he accepted no income outside his legitimate earnings. The districts he administered became least corrupted and the ordinary people least oppressed in Kano.

When Sarkin Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi abdicated under serious political storm, threatening the entire Northern establishment and the stability of Kano especially, the reassuring saintly personality of Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa became the only alternative to political disaster for Kano in particular and the Northern region in general. In the short period he had been emir of Kano he stood firmly and successfully against regional policies aimed at balkanizing Kano to promote partisan interests.

He died on the 8th October 1963/13 Jumada Awwal 1388 and was buried in Nasarawa Palace along the graves of his father, Abbas and brother, Abdullahi Bayero.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2008 22:13