The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero has suspended his series of annual traditional Sallah Durbar celebrations known popularly in Hausa as the ‘Hawan Sallah’ because of ill health, a statement issued by the Wamban Kano, Alhaji Abbas Sanusi said today.
According to Sanusi, “his royal highness, the Emir of Kano has decided to suspend the Sallah celebrations because of his fragile state of health and urged members of the public to pray for his speedy recovery and for the return of peace to the state”.
He added that the Emir would only attend the Eidl-Fitr prayers which mark the end of Ramadan, after which he would retire to his palace.
The announcement shocked and surprised many residents of the state because it is the first time in more than 50 years that the Sallah Durbar celebrations have been canceled.
Alhaji Ado Bayero returned from a medical trip to London on 12 July, 2012, after spending weeks, prompting fears and speculations about his state of health.
The Sallah durbar celebrations in Kano had been adjudged by observers to be the most popular in the country because they draw the largest gathering of visitors and spectators and also attract tourists from different parts of the world.
Last year, the Kano state government had advised the Emir against taking part in the Sallah celebrations, citing his what it described as his “ill health”, but the government’s move sparked a controversy as the Emir ignored the government’s ‘advice’ and went ahead to do the celebrations insisting that he was well.