Sanusi locked up in dark room, begins three-day do-or-die emirship ritual

Posted by News Express | 15 June 2014 | 4,546 times

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The new Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, has been locked up in a dark room known as Dakin Duhu in the Emir’s Palace – without access to anyone. He entered the dark room yesterday to begin a three-day solitary ritual in fulfillment of tradition, says a Sunday Vanguard report quoting a competent palace source.

The paper quotes the source as explaining that “it is a tradition that has survived thousands of years, and it predates the conquest of Fulani Jihadists in 1804.

“It is incumbent on the new Emir to pass through the process to fortify him spiritually for the challenges ahead. Successful past emirs passed through the compulsory ritual.

“It is a living tradition in the emirate and was brought about by Habre rulers before the whole process was Islamised by the founder of modern Kano kingdom, Ibrahim Dabo, the 2nd Fulani Emir of Kano.”

According to the source, “the new Emir is expected to go into solitary confinement for three days in a room that was last opened to an Emir 52 years ago – though his needs would be provided, and he is expected to engage in glorification of the Almighty Allah while in the dark room.”

The source further revealed that “the new Emir is expected to come out the third day through a new gate, and head straight to the room of queen mother located within the southern axis of the century old palace.”

Speaking on the development, however, a prince, who did not want his name in print, told Sunday Vanguard that “the new Emir is too sophisticated to go through the rigour.

“His highness is too westernised to pass through the rigour of tradition and besides I don’t think it is compulsory.”

He admitted that “the tradition predates pre-Fulani era in the emirate, and the whole idea is being promoted and sustained by remnants of Habre descendants, the first Hausa ruler, left in the palace.”

He revealed that “it is not compulsory for Sanusi because the most important thing was recognition and he has gotten that already.”

•Photo shows Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II.

Source: News Express

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