DUTSE – Mixed reactions among Muslims in Dutse, have trailed the cancelation of durbar during the celebration of this year’s Eid-el Fitri.
President of Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, had announced the cancelation of any gathering or durbar because of the security challenges in the country.
While some people lamented that the celebrations would be “colourless” without horse-riding, others said that the decision to cancel durbar and any other gathering, was in the best interest of everybody.
A Dutse resident, Malam Aminu Sani, told NAN that he was not happy that the durbar was cancelled.
According to him, horse riding during Sallah or any other festival, adds “colour to the celebration”. “I cannot remember the last time there was Sallah celebration without durbar. I and my children will miss our favourite aspect of the occasion,” he said.
Another resident, Mr Sanusi Shehu, said most people in the North viewed Sallah and horse riding as two inseparable things. “Men, women and children usually come out to witness the durbar. Most of them might have been waiting patiently for the D-day, unfortunately, it is never to be,” he said.
However, some residents felt that even without the cancellation of the durbar, security-conscious persons ought to avoid any place of gathering, for obvious reasons.
One of such residents, Alhaji Adamu Kudai, said the cancelation of durbar by Islamic leader, was in order, considering the security challenge in the country. “We are all witnesses to what had occurred in some major towns of the country,just few days to eid-el-fitr . The question of whether or not the cancellation of durbar was justified does not arise at all,” he argued.
In his contribution, Malam Rufai Abubakar told NAN that the decision taken by the Council was aimed at protecting Muslims and other citizens in the country.
He urged Nigerians to be vigilant and report any suspicious move or character, to the law enforcement agents. (NAN)