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Tensions Soar in Kano as Rival Emirs Plan to Lead Jumaat Prayers in Palace Mosque

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KANO, Nigeria — The ancient city of Kano is bracing for a potential showdown as two rival emirs, the reinstated Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II and the dethroned Emir Aminu Ado Bayero, both plan to lead Jumaat prayers at the Palace Central Mosque.

This escalating royal conflict has plunged the city into a state of heightened tension.

In a press statement issued Thursday, May 30, 2024 night and signed by Danburan Kano, Munir Sanusi Bayero, the itinerary for the reinstated Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II was outlined, confirming his intention to lead the two-rakat Friday prayers at the Palace Central Mosque.

Emir Sanusi, who resides in the palace and is in close proximity to the mosque, has historically led the Jumaat prayers as the Amir of the City.

“Emir Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II, who resides in the Palace and is closer to the contending Mosque, is expected to lead the two-rakat Friday prayers,” the statement explained.

It also invited Kano residents to attend and listen to the sermon to be delivered by Emir Sanusi.

Conversely, a statement from an aide to the deposed Emir, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, also called on residents to join him at the Emir’s Palace Mosque for the Jumaat prayers.

The statement indicated that the movement to the mosque would commence at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

The simultaneous invitations have created a volatile situation as the emirs and their supporters prepare to assert their claims to Kano’s religious leadership.

The potential for conflict is palpable, with the city’s residents caught in the middle of this power struggle.

So far, the police have not commented on the situation, leaving the public uncertain about any measures being taken to prevent a possible clash.

The lack of a clear security plan has added to the anxiety among Kano’s populace.

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