The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar II, has reportedly shunned the burial of Aisha Ahmadu-Bello, daughter of late Premier of Northern Nigeria, in the state.
DAILY NIGERIAN reported that the 76-year-old Aisha died last Friday at a Dubai hospital after a brief illness.
This newspaper gathered that the Sultan was in Sokoto when the death occurred, but left the town before the body of the deceased was brought in for burial.
Sources insinuated that the boycott by the Sultan might not be unconnected with a lingering feud between him and the Magajin Garin Sokoto, Hassan Danbaba, who is the son of late Aisha.
Recall that the feud between the two started in 2017 when Mr Danbaba opposed the conferment of the title of Marafa on a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Late Inuwa Abdulkadir.
Mr Danbaba had even rejected his kingmaker title of Magajin Garin Sokoto in protest for the Sultan’s decision.
But a former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II and the Emir of Gwandu, Muhammad Bashar, had reconciled the duo.
Sultan’s absence at the funeral of Late Aisha, sources said, might not be unconnected with the age-long feud between the duo.
“Even after the so-called reconciliation meeting, the relationship between the Sultan and Magajin Gari is still strained,” the source said.
But the spokesman of the Sultan, Aminu Gidadawa, could not be reached for comment as at the time of filing this report.