The Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has lent an explanation into the reason why his administration suspended the 2021 Durbar at the eve of the program. He corroborated the earlier stance of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications on the suspension of the event on a compelling ”superior arguments” from the security agencies and an ”exhaustive deliberation” with the Emir. The Governor, as well apologized to all persons that were affected by the cancellation of the Durbar
“The government could not have suspended the Durbar on a whim. Not only have our people prepared for the cultural event, the government on its own had invested hugely to make it a memorable one. This is part of our commitment to promote the tradition and culture of our people across the state,” he said.
“However, we bowed to the superior argument of security after exhaustive deliberations with Your Royal Highness and the committee. So, it was not a light decision taken on a flimsy ground.”
“We thank everyone for their kind understanding. We apologise to various traders, entrepreneurs and tourists who had looked forward to the colourful event. We especially commend the Durbar committee for their great efforts and patriotism.”
On his part, The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari expressed satisfaction with the policies and programmes of the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq-led administration, which according to a press statement by Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, were termed pro-masses.
The Emir commended the people-focused, non-discriminatory programmes of the administration and its impacts on the populace.
“Your Excellency, you have been doing well. Please continue to do well and God will reward you abundantly for that. We want peace in Kwara State. We want peace in Ilorin. We don’t want trouble,” Dr. Sulu-Gambari was quoted by the CPS during the traditional sallah homage (Bareke) on AbdulRazaq at the Government House Ilorin.
“We should all learn and cultivate the habit of peace and harmony. Your Excellency, you are doing alright. May God continue to guide you aright. May God be with you and live long with happiness and good results of your deeds.”
The First Class Monarch went further by giving a short historical background to the Bareke at the Government House,
“I am very happy to be here as usual. It has been our longstanding tradition in Ilorin and all other northern states. After the Governor had visited the palace, the Emir will come here (Government House) to say hello to the Governor. British soldiers used to be here. It used to be called Barracks. That is why it is called Bareke. My forebears used to come here to say hello. The same thing is being imitated. We thank God for that. Because, a nation without history is a dead one.”
“I thank everybody here for coming here for the annual event. May God make you prosper.”
Governor Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq, on his part, while responding to the Emir said the annual bareke underscores the healthy and harmonious relationship between the traditional institutions and the government.
“This tradition underscores the healthy and harmonious relationship between the traditional institutions and the government. We cherish that harmony and the good job that the council of chiefs has been doing to promote unity and peace in Kwara State,” he said.
AbdulRazaq assured the people of the state that his administration would not relent in meeting their yearnings and aspirations, irrespective of their social status, adding that the recent video of a female pensioner was a testimonial of how the administration has changed the story of the average worker and citizen.
“Our administration is for the people. We stand for inclusive growth and development. We stand for the general well-being of the citizens. The trending video of a woman pensioner who acknowledged what we have done to change the conditions of our senior citizens is a pointer to what we represent. While that video is a good feedback on our priorities, I reassure her and all our people that we will not drop the ball. Within the resources available to us, we will not be blind to the need of any segment of our population,” he said.