19 November 2012

Nigeria: Jubilation in Zaria As Emir Returns From Medical Trip

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Emir of Kano Ado Bayero and Emir of Zaria Shehu Idris

Kaduna — Jubilation erupted yesterday in Zaria as the news of the return of the emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, from medical trip filtered into the ancient city.

The emir, who has been away for over a month returned to his palace on Saturday night, it was gathered. Our correspondent reports that yesterday, residents of the city trooped to the palace in large numbers to welcome the emir.

The protocol officer of the emir and traditional title holder of Chiroman Shantali, Alhaji Abubakar Ladan, confirmed the emir's return, saying he returned "in a sound state of health."

Some residents of the city interviewed by our correspondent said they are celebrating the return of the emir because of his ability to intercede for them in times of crisis.

"Had it been the emir was in town, the harassment we suffered in the hands of soldiers and police couldn't have taken place. Because of the fact that the emir was not around, these people (JTF) have been harassing us by going into our houses in the night in the name of house to house search. We pray to Allah to continue to give him good health," a resident, Yunus Aliyu said.

During the emir's absence, the emirate's affairs were left in the hands of the Wazirin Zazzau, Alhaji Ibrahim Aminu.

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