The Emir of Ilorin and chairman, Kwara state traditional council, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu – Gambari on appointed the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki as the Waziri Garin of Ilorin, the traditional Prime Minister of the emirate.
The emir also called for prayers for divine guidance to enable Dr. Saraki take correct decision at this critical moment of his political life.
The appointment was announced at the end of a special prayer organized by the emir following the recent victory of Saraki at the Supreme Court in his case with the federal government over allegations of false asset declaration.
With the appointment which is an elevation, Saraki who is also Turakin Ilorin becomes the 4th Waziri Garin, succeeding his father, the late Oloye Olusola Saraki who held the title until his demise in 2012.
Speaking while making the appointment, the emir said it was in acknowledgement of the Senate President’s passion for the development of not only the emirate but the whole of Kwara as well as his political exploits that have brought fame to the state, particularly Ilorin Emirate.
Gambari said: “We are excited by your political exploits because of late, you have become the beautiful bride whom politicians across the board are beckoning to be in their camps.
“This is a show of recognition of your worth and achievements as a politician. We are very proud of you.
“It is from here that we prayed for you to become governor, it was here that we prayed for you to become senator and it was from here that we prayed for you to become Senate President and all these came to reality.
“Today we are also praying from here that God will elevate you beyond your present position.”
The emir noted that he was seated on a very special seat inherited from his forefathers and has their authority to conduct the programme.
Describing the event as typical of Ilorin, the emir said, “Unlike some communities that celebrate victories such as has come to Saraki with parties, the emirate believes in the efficacy of coming together to the inner chamber of the palace to offer such special prayers.
He consequently decorated Saraki with the regalia of his new title and ordered him to wear it throughout the day.
In his response, an elated Saraki said the development took him by surprise noting that he had only come to the palace for the special prayers not knowing that something else was waiting for him.
He promised to use the title to continue in his commitment to looking after the well-being of people in the emirate as well as the entire Kwara state.
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