Tension grips the ancient city of Kano as two rival Emirs, the reinstated Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II and the dethroned Emir Aminu Ado Bayero, both announce plans to lead the Jumaat prayers at the Palace Central Mosque. This unprecedented situation has caused widespread concern among residents.

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II, who resides within the Palace and is closer to the mosque, is expected to lead the two rakat Friday prayers. Sanusi has traditionally led the Jumaat prayers at the Palace Central Mosque as the Amir of the City, a role that underscores his authority and religious leadership.

A statement issued by Danburan Kano, Munir Sanusi Bayero, on Thursday night, confirmed that Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II would be leading the prayers and invited residents to attend and listen to his sermon. The announcement emphasized the Emir’s established position and his return to leading the community in prayer.

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Simultaneously, an aide to the dethroned Emir, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, released another statement inviting residents to join him for the Jumaat prayers at the Emir’s Palace Mosque. This invitation, detailing the movement to the mosque starting at 12:30 PM, has added to the confusion and anticipation among the people of Kano.

With both Emirs planning to lead prayers at the same mosque, the situation has heightened fears of potential clashes and unrest. Residents are anxiously awaiting the outcome, while the police have yet to comment on the situation or announce any measures to ensure peace and order.

As Kano prepares for a historic and potentially contentious Friday prayer, the eyes of the nation are on this city, wondering how this rare face-off between two powerful religious figures will unfold.