“I have no shelter over my head, my children hardly eat and they are not even in school like their peers,” 48-year-old Ado Bayero’slamented.
Sullen and distraught, and her voice trembling, Hauwa Momoh, despite her affiliation with two royal families, appears to be experiencing hell. She believes the suffering had now intensified to a level she can no longer bear.
With four wives already – maximum for a Muslim man – Mr. Bayero also maintained Premium Times recently.with a number of other women not married to him, Ms. Momoh told
She said at least 16 ofwere known, and she was one of the lot.
Her affair, lasting 30 years, yielded two children, and the emir accepted and took care of them until his death in June, Ms. Momoh said.
Now she said she is prepared to end her life and her children’s after the emir’s family left her and her children homeless, and shut off all avenues of support she hitherto received for herself and children.
Ms. Momoh has been in touch with PREMIUM TIMES for weeks, asking thisto help prevail on Ado Bayero’s family to assist her children. She describes the family as very wealthy and spoke of the late emir as a kind and pleasant man who provided all she needed and gave her best of treatments while he was alive.
She said since the Emir died, life has been hellish for her and her children. She begs to feed herself and children today, and has no support or shelter, she said.
After Premium Times began investigating her claim, reaching out to late emir’s family, Ms. Momoh told this papershe was sent N250, 000 from Kano with a request to stay off the media. The money lasted two days as it could not sustain the lifestyle set for her by the emir while alive, she said.
Ms. Momoh said she was promised another N2 million as, but she has dismissed that as too meagre, given her current needs, taste and the family’s wealth.
Ado Bayero’s family declined to speak formally to PREMIUM TIMES on the case, despite repeated requests for comments and clarifications.
As the Emir of Kano for more than 50 years, Ado 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. He was also one of Nigeria’s most influential personalities.
Beyond his royal and religious influence, Ado 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.
He left behind at least four wives, 60 children and at least 16 concubines, Ms. Momoh told Premium Times.
Ms. Momoh’s relationship with Emir Bayero began in 1984. Her father, the late Otaru of Auchi, Ahmed Guruza Momoh, was Mr. Bayero’s friend, Ms. Momoh said.
She said the Kano Emir began to date her when her father requested the late Emir Bayero to help her secure admission placement into Bayero University Kano BUK, named after the Emir himself.
“The relationship started back as 1984 when my father referred me to him, to help me gain admission into BUK. I have always wanted to study in BUK,” Ms. Momoh told Premium Times, her voice burdened.
But instead of an admission into BUK, Ms. Momoh became pregnant for the Emir in 1986.
“I found out I was pregnant when 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, ” she narrated.
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. Ms. Momoh said at all times, they were all well taken care of by the emir.
“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,” she said.
After the emir took ill, communications slowed between him and his mistress. Soon, Ms. Momoh’s children became sick and would not respond to treatment, forcing their mother to relocate to Lagos.
“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,” she explained.
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 children, promised them shelter and directed one of his sons, Nasir, to ensure that was done.
“Nasir knew us very well. In fact, he used to come and give us money for upkeep when his father was alive,” Ms. Momoh explained.
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 occasions, 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 squattingand struggling to survive.
“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,” She explained.
On Friday, after turning down the N2million she was offered, Ms. Momoh said she and her children had agreed to take their lives if no help came by the weekend.
“Just in case we don’tto Monday, tell our story,” she urged Premium Times.