23 January 2013

Nigeria: Attack On Kano Emir - Daura Emirate Cancels Festival

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An Okada rider.

The Daura Emirate Council in Katsina State, has announced the cancellation of the annual Maulud festival in honour of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, who was attacked by gunmen on Jan. 19.

The attack had left six people dead and others, including two of the emir's sons, injured.

The Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Faruk told a delegation from Baure Local Government, who visited his palace to commisserate with him on the attack, that the festival earlier slated to begin on Thursday, had been cancelled.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event locally known as "Sallar Gani" is part of the emirate's festivals, during which indigines of the area return home from across the world to fraternise with loved ones.

The one week celebration involves the traditional durbar, horse racing and other traditonal sports and serves as a period for the renewal of allegiance to the emir.

Faruk prayed for continued peace and security in the country and for the repose of the souls of those who died in the incident.

The emir also prayed for the quick recovery to those injured in the attack and for God to give Bayero the strength to wither the situation.

Earlier, Alhaji Sani 'Yanduna, the Caretaker Chairman of Baure Local Council, who led the delegation, described the incident as a collective attack on the traditional institution in the country.

He prayed for enduring peace and tranquility in Nigeria. (NAN)

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