Chairman of the Kwara State Traditional Council and Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has bestowed on Senate President Bukola Saraki, the Waziri Garin of Ilorin, the traditional Prime Minister of the emirate.
Saraki was done the honour at a special prayer organised by the emir following his acquittal by the Supreme Court for false declaration of assets. Saraki, who is also the Turaki Ilorin, becomes the fourth Waziri Garin, succeeding his father, the late Dr. Olusola Saraki who held the title until his death in 2012.
Emir Sulu-Gambari said the title was bestowed on Saraki to acknowledge his passion for the development of the emirate and Kwara, as well as his political exploits which have brought fame to the state.
He said: “We are excited by your political exploits because you have become a beautiful bride who politicians are beckoning on to join their camps. This is a show of recognition of your worth and achievements as a politician; we are very proud of you.
Saraki, who was surprised at the development, said he came to the palace for the special prayers not knowing that something else was waiting for him. He promised to use the title to continue seeking the people’s wellbeing.
Governor Albdulfatah Ahmed has hailed the elevation of Saraki as the Waziri Garin of Ilorin. A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, said the elevation is well-deserved, considering Saraki’s contributions to the development of the Emirate and the entire state.
The statement reads: “The elevation to the prestigious title of Waziri Garin is a pleasant but fitting surprise to cap our joy over Dr. Saraki’s exoneration by the Supreme Court.
“It is fitting that you have stepped into the traditional shoes of your father and our great mentor, the late Dr Abubakar Olusola Saraki. The time is apt, the occasion is unique and your profile is most fitting for this honour.”
Ahmed noted that the elevation would be a morale booster for the Senate President to continue to do more for the emirate and the state.
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