Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has hailed the elevation of the Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki from the title of Turaki of Ilorin to Waziri of Ilorin by the Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu Gambari.
The Governor said this in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Abdulwahab Oba on Sunday in Ilorin.
Mr Ahmed described the elevation as well-deserved considering the contributions of the Senate President to the development of the Emirate in particular and the entire state at large.
“The announcement of the elevation to the prestigious title of Waziri by the Emir was a pleasant but fitting surprise to cap our joy over the exoneration by the Supreme Court from the Code of Conduct Tribunal trial.
“It is fitting that you have stepped into the traditional shoes of your father and our great mentor, Abubakar Olusola Saraki.
“The time is apt, the occasion is unique and your profile is most fitting for this honour,” Ahmed said.
The governor observed that the elevation would no doubt serve as morale booster for the Senate President to continue to do more for the emirate and the entire state.
Mr Ahmed therefore, enjoined the new Waziri Ngeri of Ilorin not to relent on his oars to attract development and growth to the state and empowerment for its people.
The governor prayed God to guide the new Waziri and grant him wisdom to pilot the affairs of the new traditional office.
Recall that Mr Saraki was on Sunday conferred with the traditional title: ‘Wazirin Ilorin’ by the Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, at a Special Thanksgiving Prayer Session by the Emirate.
The session was organized to mark the recent victory of Saraki at the Supreme Court on his case with the federal government over allegations of false assets declaration.
Speaking during the occasion, Mr Sulu-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 sitted on a very special seat inherited from his forefathers and has their authority to conduct yesterday’s programme.
He also described the event as typical of Ilorin, saying 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.
The emir decorated Saraki with the regalia of his new title and ordered him to wear it throughout the day.
During the prayer, the Imam Imale of Ilorin, Sheikh Abdullahi AbdulHameed had noted that Saraki survived his recent ordeal by the power of prayers offered from the emirate.
“We pray that his decision which is being awaited and which has made him the beautiful bride today would be successful”, he said.
By the elevation, Mr Saraki who is also Turakin Ilorin becomes the fourth Waziri Ilorin, succeeding his father, the late Olusola Saraki who held the title until his demise in 2012.
Mr Saraki, in a post on his Facebook page, said: “This morning, I went to the Palace of the Emir of Ilorin for a Thanksgiving Prayer Session organized by the Emirate to thank Allah for my recent victory at the Supreme Court.
“The Holy Quran teaches us that those who give thanks to Allah for His favours will always get more. Alhamdulilahi Robil Al-amin.
“As the prayer session was coming to an end, the Emir, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, surprised all of us by announcing my elevation to the traditional title of Wazirin Ilorin.
“The position of Wazirin Ilorin was last occupied by my late father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki. May the Almighty Allah (SWT) retain for him a place in Aljannah Al-Firdaus. Alhamdulillahi, Alhamdulillahi, Alhamdulilahi Robil Al-amin.”