Kano suspends Sallah durbar in 5 emirates

Kano State Government has directed all the five emirs in the state to suspend this year’s Sallah Durbar and other festivities that involve crowd.

The suspension, Daily Telescope gathered was in compliance with the federal government’s directives.

Daily Telescope recalled that FG has placed six states including Kano on COVID-19 red alert.

The state’s Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who announced this, however, said that the Eid Prayers would be held in all the five Emirates and mosques across the state.

He said the development was part of measure adopted by Nigeria, like most parts of the African continent now facing a COVID-19 third wave after detecting the more transmissible Delta variant.

Malam Garba said the red alert allows authorities in the affected states to restrict celebrations and gatherings to a minimum, particularly the traditional Durbar (Hawan Sallah) which is marked by colourful horse riding events watched by large gatherings.

The commissioner also urged the public to observe the safety protocols that involve use of face masks, hand washing, and distancing during Eid prayer.

Meanwhile, Kano Emirate Council in a statement issued by Madakin Kano, Alhaji Yusif Nabahani, directed all District heads in the state to suspend any durbar procession in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

“The Emir, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero has directed you to suspend durbar this year. You also directed to remain in your domains. You should adherence to all COVID-19 protocols during this year’s Sallah festivities,” the statement indicated.

Daily Telescope recalled that the recent suspension of Sallah Durbar was the third of its kind in the recent years.

The first was during the reign of late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, who suspended the durbar due to his health condition.

However, when his successor, the 14th Fulani Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi assumed office, he restored the durbar, but suspended it during the first wave of COVID-19 precisely during the total lockdown.


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