Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, on a horse ride to the palace (top right) and his subjects welcoming him to the palace in Kano… on Friday
Barely five hours after the police vacated the palace, the new emir, Sanusi, was led into his new home by a retinue of armed policemen, palace guards, friends and other well-wishers. Sanusi stepped into the building for the first time since he emerged emir close to a week ago.
The new emir was earlier prevented from gaining entry into the palace by security officials who were allegedly acting on instructions from Abuja. The journey to the palace began from the Kano State Government House, Kano, by 3.30pm.
Sanusi drove into the palace in the official vehicles of the emirate via a newly constructed gate built in his honour in line with tradition.
He had led some of his subjects during Juma’at prayers at the state House where he admonished them to fear Allah and love one another.
The new emir also led other Muslims in late evening prayers inside the palace mosque after which dozens of his subjects watched in admiration as palace guards gave him traditional gun salute.
In his Friday sermon to the congregation, the new emir called on all Muslims to fear God in all their dealings.
Sanusi promised to be fair, just and transparent in the discharge of his responsibilities.
The new emir said that Allah gave power to whom he wanted and that he might not be the best among the candidates, but God had chosen him to lead.
Sanusi also appealed to Muslims to always return to God in time of difficulties for divine intervention.
The emir said “I urge Muslims to draw my attention to whatever wrong I have committed, for I know that to err is human, but to forgive is God.”