Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has described the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, as a man of peace who is passionately committed to Nigeria’s unity and progress.
Abubakar gave the commendation in a statement issued by his Media Aide, Mr Paul Ibe, in Abuja on Wednesday to celebrate Sulu-Gambari on his 25th anniversary on the throne.
He said the emir of Ilorin was one of the traditional rulers whose commitment to unity in diversity impressed beyond words.
Abubakar said that the appointment of Sulu-Gambari as emir of Ilorin 25 years ago had vindicated his admirers such as he, who were confident that he would not disappoint them.
The former Vice President said that Sulu-Gambari avoided controversy since his appointment and devoted his energy to promoting peaceful coexistence and unity in the country.
“As a distinguished retired judge, you have added value to the throne not only because of your knowledge, but also because of your vast wisdom and experience,” Abubakar said.
He prayed that God blesses the traditional ruler with long life and good health in the service of his people and Nigeria at large.
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The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has felicitated with the Emir of Ilorin Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari on the 25th anniversary of his ascension to the throne.
The National Publicity Secretary (ACF), Mr Emmanuel Yawe, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Wednesday.
Yawe said the ACF was proud that Ilorin Emirate had witnessed unprecedented development in the past 25 years of the monarch’s reign.
“As a firm and fair ruler, he has been able to bring justice to his emirate which has in turn brought peace and tranquility,” he said.
He said that the monarch’s quest for justice as a prerequisite for peace had seen him play noble roles even outside his traditional turf.
According to the statement, the emir has been a voice of wisdom in Nigeria’s state of affairs.
He attributed this to his leading role in bringing peace-building during the defunct northern region and the formation of the ACF.
“This led him to be appointed the first chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum, where he performed creditably in laying the foundation of the forum which recently turned 20 years old,’’ he said.
The ACF also wished him good health and prayed that the Almighty Allah will continue to guide and protect him.
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The Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has commiserated with people of Zazzau Emirate and Kaduna State Government over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
In a condolence message signed by his media aide. AbdulAzeez Arowona in llorin on Monday, Sulu-Gambari described the demise of the frontline monarch as a colossal loss to the entire people of Zazzau Emirate, Kaduna State and Nigerians in general.
The monarch said late Shehu Idris was a compassionate personality whose contributions to nation building would not be forgotten in a hurry.
He condoled with Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State as well as the entire traditional rulers in the state over the irreparable loss.
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President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara and the Tijjaniyah Movement in Nigeria on the demise of the Grand Khalifah of Tijjaniyah, Kwara, Sheikh Abdulrahman Maiyaki.
The president’s condolence message was conveyed by Mallam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Monday.
Buhari also condoled with the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, the Ilorin Emirate, the Maiyaki family of Ilorin and the entire Muslim Ummah on the passage of the frontline teacher of Islamic education.
He affirmed that the late cleric was an embodiment of peace and would be sorely missed for his tranquil disposition and representation in all matters.
“May Allah (SWT) accept his return and make Aljannah Fridaus his abode,” he said.
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Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has called on Muslims in the state to use the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir to pray for Allah’s mercies on the people and the state.
AbdulRazaq, who made the call on Thursday in Ilorin in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, congratulated the people of the state and every Muslim household on the occasion of the festival.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor also prayed to God to ease the COVID-19 pandemic and insure humanity against a recurrence.
AbdulRazaq also felicitated with the Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, and the various religious establishments for their support of government’s preventive measures ahead of the festival.
“His Excellency urges every citizen to see this pandemic as a test from God which requires a combination of faith in the Almighty, collective discipline and a determination to defeat the common enemy by everyone adhering to the protocols that would lead to the flattening of the curve.
“The governor appeals to everyone, particularly the Muslim community, to spend the Arafat Day and the blessed Eid days to pray to God for His mercies upon humanity.
“He requests that everyone celebrates Eid in their homes and in strict adherence to safety rules. On his part, he will celebrate Eid privately with his family.
“As a government, one of the key takeaways from the COVID-19 pandemic is the need to be proactive and inventive in filling the socio-economic and infrastructural gaps that would make life easier for our people,” Ajakaye added.
He said AbdulRazaq expressed the belief that the state would emerge from the pandemic stronger and better.
“The governor wishes Kwarans and every Muslim household a blessed Eid and God’s Grace to see many of such,” he said.
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The Kwara Youth Unity Forum on Thursday congratulated Muslims in the state on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir festival and called for sustained prayers against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Coordinator of the group, Ismail Alada, in a statement on Thursday in Ilorin, also called on Muslims to imbibe the lessons of total submission to the will of God as epitomised by Prophet Ibrahim and his son, Ismail.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Alada further appealed to Muslims to use the Eid-el-Kabir to pray for peace and tranquility in the country.
The youth leader admonished Muslims to always promote the principle of being one another’s keepers.
Alada, who emphasised the need for devotion to the services of God, prayed for the unity, peace, progress and stability of the country.
He called on Muslims to celebrate with modesty and offer ceaseless prayers for the country to surmount the various challenges being encountered in all sectors.
Alada said that emerging events in the country were a pointer to the fact that the 2023 general elections could be threatened if adequate measures were not put in place.
He enjoined all Nigerians, especially Muslims, to use the period of the Eid-el-Kabir to embrace the virtues of love and sacrifice for the unity and development of the country.
Alada expressed the gratitude of the youth group to the Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari and Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He also commended Prof. Abdullah Yusuf, the Chief Medical Director, University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Prof. Abdulrasheed Na Allah, Vice Chancellor of University of Abuja, Prof. Mohammed Akanbi, Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University, Malete and Alhaji Yakubu Gobir, Chairman of GOBIR foundation.
“Kwara Youth Unity Forum appreciates the contributions of Engr Bolakale Kawu Agaka, Hon. Mohammed Nda Musa, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, Lawyer Abdulrasaq Bamu and Chief Rex Olawoye to the progress and development of the state,” he said.
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The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, has commiserated with Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara over the death of his father, Alhaji Abdulganiyu AbdulRazaq, SAN.
The vice chancellor, in a statement issued by the institution’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr .Kunle Akogun, on Saturday, described the death of AbdulRazaq as an incalculable loss to Nigeria.
He said that the late legal luminary had been contributing in multidimensional ways to the development and greatness of Nigeria since 1950s.
AbdulKareem said that the late elder-statesman’s footprints in scholarship, law, politics, nationalism, community development and education were too glaring and manifest to be lost to history.
He also described the deceased, who was a former Chairman of the nation’s Body of Benchers, as the first lawyer of the Northern Nigerian origin and the first indigene of Kwara to be conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
“He played remarkable roles in so many ways and at so many levels and over so many decades that one would think he existed for many centuries,” said Abdulkareem.
The vice chancellor further said that the university was greatly indebted to the late nationalist, not only for his contributions to its establishment, but for other roles played in its development over the years and most especially, towards the development of the institution’s host community.
According to him, the university shall remain perpetually grateful to the late elder statesman for leading his respected family of distinguished lawyers to endow a professorial chair at its Faculty of Law over two decades ago.
This, he said, had led to the production of the institution’s first Professor of Law and the pioneer Dean of the faculty on its re-establishment in the late 1990s through his nephew, Prof. Muhammad AbdulRazaq.
“The late frontline statesman will be sorely missed, particularly at this time when the often well-informed insight and impeccable wisdom of elders like him are needed to help the country find its direction out of the myriad of challenges halting her progress,” he said.
Abdulkareem also extended his condolences to the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman of the state Council of Emirs and Obas, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, over the death of ‘a model patriot and great son of the historic Ilorin emirate.’
Abdulkareem prayed Allah to grant the soul of the late AbdulRazaq eternal rest and the governor, other members of his family as well as the people of Ilorin emirate and Kwara in general the fortitude to bear the loss.
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The remains of elder statesman, Alhaji AbdulGaniyu Abdul-Razaq (SAN), father of Kwara governor, Abdurahman Abdul-Razaq, have been interred at his Idi-Igba family house in Ilorin in accordance with Islamic traditions.
The janaazah (prayer) was led by the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Sheikh Muhammad Bashir Solihu.
It was attended by the Imam Imale, Sheikh Abdullah AbdulHameed, and other prominent traditional title holders and religious leaders from Ilorin Emirate.
The janaazah was attended by a delegation of the Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF), led by its chairman and Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Bagudu.
He was accompanied by the APC Caretaker Committee Chairman and Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni and his Niger State counterpart, Abubakar Sani Bello.
The News Agency reports that a delegation of the House of Representatives, led by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, witnessed the arrival of the late SAN at the Ilorin International Airport.
Gbajabiamila was accompanied by Hon. Kashim Ibrahim Imam; Hon. James Faleke; and Hon. Babajimi Benson.
Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Yakubu Danladi Solihu, led a delegation of the state lawmakers which comprised House leader, Hon. Olawoyin Magaji.
President Muhammadu Buhari, former military president, Ibrahim Babangida and several serving and former governors and APC National Leader, Send. Bola Tinubu, were among personalities that commiserated with the governor and the AbdulRazaq family.
The Governor later led a delegation of family members and government officials to the Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, to condole with the monarch on the death of the statesman, who was until his death the Mutawalli of Ilorin Emirate.
The emir, on his part, extolled the virtues of the elder statesman, whom he described as a national icon.
According to the emir, late AbdulRazaq led an exemplary life.
He prayed Almighty Allah to keep his family on the path of goodness and grant him al-jannah Firdaus.
The emir commiserated with the family and the Ilorin Emirate as a whole.
He prayed Allah to continue to guide and comfort the governor, his siblings, and the matriarch of the family, Alhaja Raliat AbdulRazaq.
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Sen. Bola Tinubu, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, has commiserated with the family of Kwara governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, over the passing of his father, Alhaji AbdulGaniy Abdulrasaq.
Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, made this known in his condolence message on Saturday in Lagos.
Abdulrasaq, who died at 93, was
the first lawyer in Northern Nigeria.
He described the death as the end of an important era in the country.
The APC leader also extended his condolences to the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, and the good people of the state over the demise of their illustrious son
According to Tinubu, “the passing at 93 of the iconic patriot and elder statesman, popularly known as AGF, signifies the end of another era in the annals of Nigeria.
“AGF gave his very best to our country as a top legal practitioner, indeed the first lawyer to emerge from the Northern part. He also rose to become the Chairman, Council of Body of Benchers.
“The likes of AGF were the proverbial hewers of wood and drawers of water who laboured for the strong foundation upon which our dear country was erected.
“He was there in the thick of all the nationalistic struggles and negotiations during the transition from colonial era to an independent Nigeria.
“A nationalist in its true definition and a pan-Nigerian in all its adoring flavours, Papa Abdulrasaq did a lot for this country,” Tinubu said
The former governor noted that the deceased was an educationist and an active player during the nascent post-independence period of the 1960’s.
He said that the late Abdulrasaq helped to stitch together the multi-interest and diverse expectations of the people.
“The departure of the highly revered AGF, the father of Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, has left a huge vacuum in our national life.
“I mourn with his brother, Alhaji Alimi Abdulrasaq, and their other siblings.
“I hope and pray that Munificent Allah grant them the strength and fortitude only He can provide in order to live after papa’s passing.
“May Almighty Allah also reward papa of his good deeds, forgive his shortcoming and admit him to Aljanna Firdaus,” Tinubu said
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the late Abdulrasaq was a foremost community leader, the Mutawalli of Ilorin Emirate and Tafida of Zaazau, Zaria.
He was a former president, Nigeria Stock Exchange, a politician and the first national legal adviser of the Northern Peoples Congress.
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Former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, former Kwara governor, AbdulFatah Ahmed, and a federal lawmaker, Tunji Ajuloopin, have all condoled with Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq over the death of his father, AbdulGaniyu AbdulRazaq.
Saraki, in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, noted that the late Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who died at the age of 93, lived a good life and contributed his quota to the development of Kwara and Nigeria in general.
“The late AGF as he was fondly called by people who knew him will be sorely missed and I believe he did his best in the service of our people in Kwara and Nigeria as a lawyer, politician, diplomat and President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange,” Saraki said.
Saraki, the Waziri of Ilorin, commiserated with Dr Alimi AbdulRazaq and his siblings, the entire family of the deceased, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, as well as the entire Ilorin Emirate and people of Kwara.
He also prayed Almighty Allah to forgive the sins of the late AbdulRazaq and grant him a place in Aljannah Firdaus.
Ahmed, the immediate past governor of Kwara, also commiserated with the family of the deceased.
In a message on his Twitter handle, Ahmed condoled with the AbdulRazaqs, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, and the whole state on the legal luminary’s demise.
Ahmed described the deceased as an enigmatic statesman and one of the state’s most accomplished indigenes.
The former governor urged the Abdulrazaq family to take comfort in the fact that its late patriarch lived an exemplary life marked by indelible professional and personal attainments.
”I offer my heartfelt condolences and sympathies to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and the Abdulrazaq family on the sad death of their father.
“I also console the Emir of Ilorin, HRH Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, and all Kwarans on the passing of this eminent son of Kwara,” he said.
Ajuloopin, the member representing Ekiti, Isin, Irepodun and Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara, commiserated with the family of the deceased over the incident.
The lawmaker, in a statement he personally signed, described the death of the patriarch as a great loss not only to Kwara, but the entire North Central Zone and the country.
Ajuloopin prayed Allah to grant the soul of the deceased Aljana firdaus.
The House Committee Chairman on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness said the patriarch would be remembered as the first lawyer in the Northern Region.
Before his demise, he was the Mutawali of Ilorin, Tafida of Zazzau and Chairman of the Nigerian Body of Benchers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the deceased died at the age of 93 in Abuja in the early hours of Saturday.
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