The office of the Emir of Kano on Thursday said that this year’s celebration of the end of Ramadan has been cancelled because the traditional ruler is too ill to take part.
The Durbar celebration is a centuries-old procession of traditional leaders who ride lavishly decorated horses to greet the emir.
It said in a statement that 82-year-old Emir Ado Bayero was recently hospitalized in the U.K. It gave no other details.
Some residents have however blamed growing sectarian violence for the cancellation. Radical Islamist sect, Boko Haram has killed hundreds of people in northern Nigeria this year, with a January attack on Kano claiming 185 lives.
Police announced on Wednesday that they defused 900 explosives in Kano over the past six months.
The Durbar celebration is a centuries-old procession of traditional leaders who ride lavishly decorated horses to greet the emir. This is its first cancellation in recent memory.
Re: Kano Cancels 2012 Durbar - First Time In 200 Years
Who the cap fits, let them wear it. Now the elite in the north are feeling what the victims of Boko Haram senselessness have been feeling this while. Fear of attacks from BH is the beginning of wisdom for the elite there now. The Durbar would have provided a very good opportunity to hit at the Kano elite by BH and they know it.
Until every sensible person come out loud and clear to condemn Boko Haram criminals, we will never defeat them. Sheikh Gumi should be praised for his bravery in his total condemnation of the madness of these dogs.