Residents of Kano went wild with jubilation on Saturday as the Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II, rode on a she-camel as against the usual horse, during a durbar, organised to mark the Eid-El-Kabir in arrears.
The event, which took place in the evening, became talk-of-the town as youth and women in purdah, all rushed out to watch the royal father atop a camel.
Some of the women and youth who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria described the royal father’s mounting of a camel “as a pleasant surprise to his people”
They lauded the emir’s sense of “innovation”, saying that he had been adding “colour” to the throne since he became the Emir of Kano.
One of the women interviewed, Amina Kofar- kudu, said the new emir had been creative in the administration of the palace.
She added that since his installation, a lot of changes had occurred, ranging from people’s welfare, to the display of the palace cultures.
Lawan Abdullahi, a resident of the palace, said that history revealed that the Emir’s grandfather once rode on camel to a durbar in Kaduna.
Mr. Abdullahi commended the emir for adding value to the culture of the people, through sheer act of innovation.
A university student, Farid Ahmad, said he was full of excitement to have witnessed the durbar.
“I have never seen live, an emir riding on a camel, so to me it is a whole new experience, ” he said.
The emir conducted the Sallah durbar as a carry-over of the event, as he was away in Saudi Arabia during the Eid- el- Kabir period.
The durbar was held on Saturday and Sunday, although the Saturday event was the crowd- puller.