Residents applaud calm as Sanusi, Bayero lead Sallah prayers.

The residents of Kano on Sunday lauded the peaceful atmosphere that greeted the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir in the town despite the ongoing emirate crisis.This was as the police command expressed satisfaction with the peaceful and orderly manner the Sallah prayers across the state were conducted.

The state Commissioner of Police, Hussaini Gumel, who had just been promoted to Assistant Inspector-General, lauded the residents for their orderly conduct at various prayer grounds, both within and outside the Kano metropolis.

According to reports from all the 44 local government areas, the festivities were celebrated in a peaceful atmosphere, devoid of rancour.

There had been palpable fears that skirmishes might mar the Sallah celebrations, especially given the lingering emirship tussle in the state.

The state police command, on Thursday, banned the Kano Durbar, following a clash of orders over the celebration.

The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi and the deposed Emir Ado Bayero had asked the police for security during the celebration of the Durbar after the Eid-el-Kabir, a decision the police command viewed might lead to anarchy.

There had been a royal crisis in the ancient city following the reinstatement of Emir Sanusi as the 16th Emir of Kano, after the state House of Assembly repealed the Kano Emirate Law 2019 and enacted the Kano Emirate Law 2024 on May 23, 2024.

Governor Abba Yusuf, while signing the new bill into law on May 24, 2024, announced the reinstatement of Emir Sanusi, and had since recognised his authority on the emirate, while he sacked the rulers of five emirates – Kano, Bichi, Karaye, Gaya and Rano – earlier formed by ex-Governor Umar Ganduje.

Following the order banning the Durbar and that contending emirs should pray at different mosques, Bayero was at the Nassarawa Mosque while Sanusi prayed at Sheikh Tijjani Mosque at Kofar Mata, Kano.

It was observed that the governor and some dignitaries in the town joined Sanusi for the prayers.

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