Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New Emir of Kano Sanusi yet to move into palace, rules from government house

The new Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido has not yet moved into his palace more than 24 hours after he received his appointment letter and staff of office. As of yesterday evening, the palace was still under lock and key while the presence of policemen deployed there on Sunday to keep away protesting youths was also still noticeable.

Normally, Sanusi would have after receiving the staff of office resumed his royal duties at the palace as has been the tradition for over 1,000 years. However, due to the security situation occasioned by the protests that followed his appointment, the royal father was said to have heeded security advice to lay low for now.

On Tuesday, he continued to perform his official functions at the Kano State Government House by receiving important visitors that included the Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole, his Imo State counterpart, Rochas Okorocha, and business mogul, Aliko Dangote.

Sanusi also received the four Kano kingmakers, who presented him with his traditional regalia and instrument of office ahead of his coronation.

The regalia comprises the twin spear or sword (Lagwayen masu), a Dabo hat, a pair of ostrich plumage shoes. He was also given a copy of the Holy Qur’an.

He will adorn the regalia on the day of coronation, which will be held at the emir's palace at a date to be announced later.

The Chairman of the kingmakers and the Madakin Kano, Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim, did the presentation.

The items handed over to him were the same used by the 2nd Fulani Emir of Kano, Ibrahim Dabo, who was a close confidant and brother of the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate, Usman Danfodio, in 1804.

Meanwhile normalcy has returned to the streets of Kano, as people now go about their daily activities.

The President will however visit Kano on Wednesday (today).

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