The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, today arrived in Kano from Saudi Arabia and immediately warned that Friday’s bombing and shooting at the ancient city’s Central Mosque that left more than 100 dead and several hundreds injured would not scare Muslims from practicing their faith.
On arriving in the beleaguered city, the Emir and his convoy proceeded to the bombed mosque, which is quite close to his palace, to see for himself the ruins left by yesterday’s devastating attacks.
The Emir instructed that the mosque be quickly cleaned and restored to good shape in order to prepare it for continued worship. The Emir, who remarked his sadness at the attack, added that terrorists would not be able to deter Muslims from Islam. According to him, Muslims were only obeying God’s injunctions and must remain peaceful in their approaches.
Condemning the terror attack, the Emir urged Muslims to see the violence as a surmountable test of their faith, adding that the faith of Muslims must grow in their worship of God for peace and harmony.
The Emir stated that the attacks had nothing to do with his recent call for communities to stand up and protect themselves. Instead, he described the attack as an act of evil that Nigerians must stand up against.
Before retiring into his palace, the Emir led prayers in memory of the victims killed in the bomb blasts and gunshots as well as the survivors currently receiving medical treatment.
Our correspondent reported that security has been noticeably increased in and around the Emir’s palace as well as the mosque.