The Governor of Kano state, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Thursday, cancelled the annual city parade usually held in honor of the powerful traditional Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

Ganduje scrapped the ceremony after a security meeting held late on Wednesday.

The traditional rite which was a symbolic march celebrating the power of the monarch, held to mark the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan, had been due to take place on Thursday.

The traditional march which usually includes horse riding, a tour round the city, playing the drums and firing muskets.

However, the Governor’s spokesman, Abba Anwar, announced the cancellation on the grounds of insecurity.

Ever since his re election, Ganduje has been in the news for making efforts to curb Sanusi’s powers in the state.

Last month, Ganduje divided the ancient Kano emirate into five, a move critics say was a bid to curb Sanusi’s influence.

Likewise, the cancellation of the parade was another move to cut his power.


Sylvester is an event manager and decorator. He is a trained extension agent and a development communicator, a freelance writer, drama minister and pastor.


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