In a twist of events, a mild drama ensued at the Shehu Kangiwa Square, the venue of the 10th anniversary of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar.
Despite provisions made available by protocol officials that President Muhammadu Buhari was to be the last guest to enter the Durbar ground to mark the commencement of the event, Ex-President Obasanjo, just like an uninvited guest, came out of nowhere and caused a distraction that forced the speech of the Sarkin Kano, HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to be halted midway.
This mild drama made all in attendance wonder if that was meant to happen. While some of the dignitaries clearly felt the entry made by the Ex-President was intentional, dramatic and unneeded, a lot of other people will beg to disagree as they cheered the controversy-loving former Head of State.
Dressed in traditional Sokoto regalia, with green turban, Obasanjo upon his arrival immediately climbed up to the pavilion where dignitaries comprising of President Muhammad Buhari, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, traditional rulers from all over the country and other important personalities were seated.
Obasanjo’s entry into the pavilion elicited several round of cheers from the teeming crowd as he moved to exchange pleasantries with some of the already seated guests.
In furtherance of his protocol breach, the former president drew the attention of all when he mounted one of the houses lined for the Durbar.
As the Yanlabai of Sokoto, a traditional title conferred on him by the Sokoto caliphate, he led a delegation of horse riders at the commencement of the #SokotoDurbar