The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has finally moved into his palace following the withdrawal of the police siege on the palace, following an alleged intervention by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar and other prominent traditional rulers from the Northern state.
The intervention followed days of violent protests and police occupation of the palace as a result of the tussle that ensued after the appointment of Sanusi, former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, as successor to late Ado Bayero as the 14th Emir of Kano.
Sanusi had moved into the Government House, Kano, on Sunday after the state government reportedly received information that the new Emir was about to be arrested on the order of the presidency.
Escorted by heavily armed policemen in armoured personnel carriers and a retinue of uniformed and non-uniformed vigilantes and the palace guards, the emir was driven in a green coloured Rolls Royce with the plate number, ‘Amir Kano’.
Though the new emir of Kano was followed by some district heads , Wambai Kano Abbas Sanusi right away from the state government house, our correspondent, however, reported that none of the son of the former emir of Kano, who were also a district head was part of the entourage.
Sanusi’s convoy was led by the special adviser on chieftaincy affairs, Tijjani Mailafia from government house to the emir palace at exactly 4:30 P.M. amidst cheers and jubilation from thousands of crowd that lined up to hail him.
When the convoy arrived the palace, the Emir alighted from the Rolls Royce jeep and rode on horse back into the palace through the Kofa Kudu
As the tradition entails, before the new Emir made his way into the Palace, three walls were broken and instantly amended by Palace Guards, a ritual which attracted traditional chanting and songs from his subjects.
He was also welcomed by gun shots and traditional trumpets blown to to herald his arrival into the palace, and on entering the inner chamber, he headed straight to the grave yards where he prayed for the repose of the souls of the departed Emirs.
The Emir was officially received at the Palace by the four king-makers Alhaji Yusuf Nabahani, (Madakin Kano), Alhaji Sarki Abdullahi (Makaman Kano), Alhaji Bello Tuta (Sarki Dawaki Mai-Tuta), and Alhaji Mukhtar Adnan (Sarki Bai).