Kano cancels famous durbar horse festival

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A festival held during Muslim Eid celebrations has been cancelled in northern Nigeria, a region hit by a wave of militant Islamist attacks.

A BBC reporter says it is the first time in more than 200 years that the three-day durbar, or horse parading ceremony, in Kano has been called off.

Officials said it was being cancelled as the Emir of Kano was in poor health.

Last week, a devotional retreat that takes place towards the end of Ramadan was cancelled due to security concerns.

The ritual is referred to as “i’tikaf” when some people spend the last 10 days of Muslim fasting month in seclusion praying in mosques.

Analysts say another reason for the durbar’s cancellation may be continued concerns about security and the campaign of violence being waged by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

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