- Insecurity has forced Katsina and Daura Emirate Councils in Katsina state to suspend Sallah festivities
- The two emirates in the northwestern region asked residents to use the occasion of the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir to pray for peace
- Among the activities affected by the directive is Durbar, that is, the public display by horse riders at the palaces of the emirs
Katsina, Katsina state - Two prominent emirates in Katsina state, Katsina and Daura, have suspended public activities for the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir, citing security reasons.
Legit.ng gathers that the two emirate councils implored residents to use the Sallah period to offer prayers for peace in the state and in the country.
Katsina Emirate Council confirms suspension
The spokesman for the Katsina Emirate Council, Iro Bindawa, confirmed the development on Wednesday, July 14.
"Yes, the Emirate council has suspended activities concerning Durbar during the Sallah, but his Eminence has implored residents to seize the Sallah period in offering prayers for the state and for Nigeria.”
Daura Emirate council calls for prayers
The decision of the Daura Emirate council on the suspension of public activities during the Sallah was contained in a letter addressed to the Emirate council members and the Emir’s advisers.
The letter stated that special prayers should be offered for sustainable peace in the state immediately after the Eid prayers on Sallah day.
The Emirate council spokesman, Usman Ibrahim, has also confirmed the development.
The development in Katsina state has drawn some reactions from Nigerians on social media.
Nwakozo Chibueze said:
"If you can trace someone to Kenya, it should be very easy to trace someone who's in your own backyard, am I communicating?
"They should also try putting ₦100million bounty on bandits or can't you also speak the language that bandits will understand."
Sunmola Oriowo also made a sarcastic comment:
"There is no problem in Katsina State as far as General Buhari is in power. I assure you that the General is control of the security apparatus in Nigeria.
"It is only Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu that are being recalcitrant. One has been apprehended and the other is on the run. If we can observe this year's sallah we will observe the the next. All is well."
Enyeribe Chikodi Azubuike said:
"But the Katsina State governor was in the news yesterday that Buhari is the best since amalgamation. Someone should help me ask him if the state has ever suspended Sallah festivities in the past administrations because of insecurity."
2021 Eid-El-Kabir: Sultan of Sokoto announces date
The monarch, who serves as the president-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), made the announcement on Sunday, July 11, when declaring the sighting of the new moon of Dhul Hijja 1442AH.
This was contained in a statement by Prof Sambo Junaidu, the chairman of the advisory committee on religious affairs, sultanate council in Sokoto.