• AbdulRazaq says Ilorin Durbar, other festivals now institutionalised
• Emir leads royal chiefs, aides on annual Bareke
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has shown enough commitments to public welfare and development to deserve a new mandate, Emir of Ilorin Dr. Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari (CFR) said on Monday.
Speaking during the yearly Bareke (traditional homage) at Government House in Ilorin, the Emir said the achievements of the administration are visible while the Governor’s hands-on approach to governance is commendable.
“I have seen that Your Excellency is performing, and you are ready to work more to better the lots of Kwarans. You have just started. It is my wish and prayer that you are given another mandate to achieve more,” the Emir said, praying Allah to grant the Governor more strength, good health and required wisdom to fulfil his dreams for the state.
The Emir also expressed delight at the Governor’s posture on the horseback during the Durbar and the government’s support that made the socio-cultural event a huge success, describing AbdulRazaq as a true son of Ilorin Emirate.
He called on all descendants of Ilorin to continue to exist in love and unity, which he noted are parts of the cardinal objectives of the Ilorin Durbar.
AbdulRazaq, for his part, said the administration has institutionalised the Ilorin Durbar and several other festivals in the State by making them important items in public expenditure under culture and tourism.
“This will get better in the coming years as we ramp up investments in tourism and culture,” he added.
“Our visual arts centre and the international conference centre will play prominent roles in promoting culture and tourism in Kwara State. In the future, we look forward to bringing the world’s oldest manuscripts of the Qur’an and other historical relics for exhibition at the visual arts centre.