Residents of Norther state, Kano, went wild in celebration on Saturday as their Emir, Malam 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 (NAN), 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.
Malam 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.
A university student, Malam 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.
NAN reports that 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. (NAN)