By Ishola Balogun
The Kano Emirate Council on Wednesday said that the traditional Durbar to commemorate the Eid-el-Kabir celebration was cancelled due to the health condition of the Emir, Alhaji Ado Bayero.
The District Head of Dala, Alhaji Aminu Bayero, announced the cancellation of all traditional activities planned for the Eid-el-Kabir celebration in Kano recently.
Among the traditional Sallah activities are Hawan Sallah, Hawan Daushe, Hawan Nasarawa and Hawan Dorayi.
Aminu, however, did not give details of the health condition of the Emir.
The district head also said that the riding of horses in Kano Metropolis by youths had been outlawed.
He said the decision was taken because of the manner some of the youths rode the horses, which had endangered lives of the masses, particularly children, adding that anyone who flouted the order would be arrested and prosecuted.
Turnout of revellers
Aminu said that the Emirate would not fold its arms and allow such horse riders to continue to constitute a nuisance in the city.
He urged the people to pray for peace in the state and the country.
Meanwhile, the eid-l-adha celebration in Lagos was characterised by a low turnout of revellers to some fun spots in Lagos, including the beaches and National Arts Theater just as most areas in the state were devoid of usual heavy vehicular movements.
Some of the few fun seekers who spoke to Vanguard maintained that most fun seekers had traveled out of the state to their various hometowns for sallah celebration.
Adeyanju Badmus who spoke to Vanguard at Eko Atlantic beach said: “You can see that there is no heavy vehicular traffic on the roads. People traveled out of the state for the celebration. We decided to come around to celebrate it in our own way,” said Badmus.
Others maintained that in spite of the economic situation, people still could not spare anything for a joyous celebration as they bought rams and traveled to their various homes to celebrate. “You see, it has been like that for a very long time, the eid-l-adha celebration was usually poor in Lagos because people travel to their various homes. And it is an indication that they’ve got some money to spend as well. For me, I did not travel because there was no enough money,” said another fun seeker at the National Thearter, Iganmu.
Reports from Ogun state showed that celebration was at peak when Vanguard visited some parts of the State, In Ijebu-Ode for instance, as evening fell after the slaughtering of rams, the air began to fill with chatter and merriment, as people more people trooped into the town. Many who spoke with Vanguard said they would be in the town to continue the celebration until after the Ojude-Oba which was the traditional sallah homage to the Owujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona. Many see the activity as the peak of Ileya celebration.
In Ikorodu and Epe areas of Lagos State, it was a different scenario with a lot of chumminess as children and fun-seekers trooped out visiting friends and partying after the slaughtering of rams. Others were seen in groups dining over drinks and meat.
In Ibadan, the atmosphere was charged with festivity as nearly every nook and cranny of the city was agog with different forms of celebration. Fun seekers moved freely to different areas like the the famous Cocoa House at Dugbe, the Zoological Gardens at the University of Ibadan and various hang-outs.
Ikuforiji urges Muslims to imbibe lessons of eid-il-adha
Speaker of Lagos state house of Assembly, Hon Adeyemi Ikuforiji has urged Nigerians across political, ethnic and religious divides to work together for the unity of the country.
He also called on both Muslim and Christian faithfuls to imbibe the teachings of the two religious that preach peace and live peacefully among themselves.
Speaking at the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration in his home town in Epe area of Lagos State, Ikuforiji said if Nigerians take the dictates of the religions, the country would have been a better place.
According to him, “Our religions define roles for leaders of communities and nation. If we go by the dictates of our religions, I think most of the problems we have today would not be there”.
“It is time for all of us to imbibe the teachings of the two religions that we profess in the country. There is none of the religions that do not preach peace, orderliness, and brotherhood which is the teaching of Christianity and Islam.
He lamented that the country has suffered enough as a result of bad leadership. Adding that, the reason why the country is experiencing insecurity challenges is the fact that the leadership is simply ungodly and except it turns back to God, it might be difficult to make the country a better place.
According to him, “the challenges we are facing is as a result of our negligence and not the one created by God, rather, the problems are created by a few selfish individuals among us.
“If every leader knows and believes that one day, he would give account of his deeds on the surface of the earth, not just during general election, but at a time you cannot deny, we will all be ready to do the right thing”, he added.