The Speaker, Kwara House of Assembly, Mr Yakubu Danladi, has commiserated with Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari and the people of the Ilorin Emirate over the death of Kwara Governor’s father, Alhaji AbdulGaniyu AbdulRazaq (SAN).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the deceased, who was the first lawyer in Northern Nigeria died in the early hours of Saturday following an illness at the age of 93.
The speaker in his condolence message issued by his Media aide. Sheriff Ibrahim in Ilorin on Saturday, described the death of AbdulRazaq as a great loss to Nigeria.
“On behalf of my family, honourable members, management and staff of the 9th Kwara State House of Assembly, I commiserate with His Excellency, Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, His Royal Highness, the Emir of Ilorin over the demise of AbduGaniyu AbdulRasaq”, he said in a statement.
Danladi noted that AbdulRazaq’s death was not a loss for AbdulRazaq’s family alone but to the entirety of Kwarans and Nigerians at large in view of his monumental sacrifices and commitment to the development of Nigerian project.
The speaker prayed Allah to forgive the deceased and grant him eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the great loss.
In a similar vein, the Emir of Ilorin commiserated with the entire Nigerians, Kwarans and the people of Ilorin Emirate over the death of the Mutawalen of Ilorin, Alhaji AbdulGaniyu AbdulRazaq.
The monarch, in his condolence message issued by his Media aide, AbdulAzeez Arowona in Ilorin on Saturday, specially condoled the AbdulRazaq family, the widow of the deceased, Hajia Raliat AbdulRazaq and Gov. AbdulRazaq.
The royal father described the late AbdulRazaq as an accomplished legal icon whose records as the first Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in the Northern region put Ilorin community on the global map.
Sulu-Gambari urged the governor and the entire AbdulRazaq family to find solace in the fact that the late sage lived a remarkable life worthy of emulation.
He prayed that Allah should forgive his misdeeds and grant him Al-janatul firdaus.
Meanwhile, the Director-General, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), Prof. Abubakar Olanrewaju-Sulaiman also commiserated with Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq over the demise of his father.
The director-general in his condolence message which he issued on Saturday, described the late Mutawalen of Ilorin and Tafida of Zazzau as a legal luminary whose death would not only be felt by the people of Kwara but the nation as a whole.
Olanrewaju-Sulaiman said that the late Chairman of the Nigerian Body of Benchers, who worked tirelessly toward advancing the legal profession in the country would be dearly missed.
He prayed Allah for the repose of the soul of the late AbdulRazaq and to grant the family and the people of Kwara the fortitude to bear the loss.
NAN reports that late AbdulGaniyu AbdulRazaq was the first Finance Commissioner in Kwara.
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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the late Alhaji AbdulGaniyu Abdul-Razaq, SAN, father of the Kwara Governor, AbdulRahman, “left his footprints in the sand of time”.
In a condolence message issued on Saturday in Abuja, the Minister said the late Senior Advocate of Nigeria, “was not just a mere witness in the making of an independent Nigeria, he was an active participant”.
The condolence message was made available to newsmen by Mr Segun Adeyemi, Special Assistant to the President (Media) Office of the Minister of Information and Culture.
In the message, the minister condoled with the Governor and his entire family over the death of their patriarch; the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari; the Ilorin Emirate as well as the government and people of Kwara.
He said the family of the deceased should take solace in the fact that their patriarch lived a worthy, fufilled and exemplary life.
‘The minister added: “‘However, his greatest achievement, in my opinion, is the fact that he raised very successful children who, in their own rights, have also positively impacted Nigeria in their various fields of endeavour.
“That he lived long enough to see Gov. AbdulRazaq, elected and sworn is no doubt the jewel in the crown of his incredible landmark achievements”.
He prayed Allah to forgive the deceased’ sins and admit him into Aljannah Firdaus.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports the deceased’s first son, Dr Alimi AbdulRazaq, announced the passing away of their patriarch in Ilorin.
He said in a statement that the late SAN died in the early hours of Saturday in Abuja at the of 93.
“With total submission to the will of the Almighty Allah, the AbdulRazaq family of Ilorin Emirate, Kwara State, hereby announces the passing of their patriarch and statesman, Alhaji AbdulGaniyu Folorunsho Abdul-Razaq, SAN, (OFR).
“The Mutawali of Ilorin and Tafida of Zazzau (Zaria), who was Chairman of the Nigerian Body of Benchers, died peacefully at about 2: 00 a.m. on Saturday July 25, 2020 (the 4th day of Dhul-Hijjah 1441 AH.).
“The first lawyer from the Northern Region is survived by his 90-year-old wife Alhaja Raliat AbdulRazaq, illustrious children, including incumbent Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, of Kwara, and grandchildren.
“Arrangement for his interment will be announced by the family shortly,” the deceased’s eldest son said in the statement.
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The Kwara Government on Friday cancelled the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir or Sallah prayer, ahead of the July 31 festivities.
Kwara Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, Kayode Alabi, said this while briefing newsmen in Ilorin.
Alabi described the cancellation as a tough decision made in the interest of everyone.
According to him, in the past few days, the state government has held meetings with different stakeholders in the state on the way forward, in our collective fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The cancellation of the Sallah prayer is necessitated by the spike in the COVID-19 cases in the state.
“Of course, the upcoming Ileya festival is a special period for our people.
“As it stands today, Kwara has 707 confirmed cases, out of which 449 are active.
“We have successfully managed and discharged 244 patients and we lost another patient yesterday, that brings to 15 the number of casualties from the pandemic in our state.
“We recorded 56 per cent of our total confirmed cases between July 9 and July 23, increase in the number of patients now requires intensive care to survive.
“This points to a grim situation that requires drastic measures.
“For this reason, the government has consulted widely with religious, labour, transport workers and market leaders, and has taken the following measures in the overall interest of the people.
“The huge numbers that are expected to gather for the special Eid prayers may lead to a spike in the coronavirus cases and potential deaths.
“The government, in consultation with the Council of Ulamah under His Royal Highness, the Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, hereby cancels congregational Eid prayers for 2020 across the whole state.
“There will be Friday prayers as have been restored, but in strict compliance with the rules of physical distancing and the use of face masks.
“The Kwara Mall (ShopRite), the Amusement Park, all shops, the Unilorin Zoological Garden and markets are to be shut on the Eid day and the day after it.
“Following consultations with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, the government hereby announces the suspension of vigils until further notice and church services should also not exceed two hours, with full compliance with the safety measures in place,” Alabi said.
The Representative of the Council of Ulamah, the Imam Imale of Ilorin, Sheikh Abdullah AbdulHameed, reaffirmed the the state government’s worries and urged the people to abide by the directives on the Eid.
“The government has our full support accordingly and we urge our people to abide by the directives,” AbdulHameed said.
The Representative of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Moses Popoola, expressed the support of the association for the government’s directives.
Popoola said that such decisions, including the one on vigil, were taken to save human lives.
The Commissioner of Police in Kwara, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, said that the security agencies would enforce the directives, urging residents in the state to comply.
“It is really not about arrest. This is about human lives. All of us have a role to play in enforcing the directives and combat this pandemic.
“I want to state, however, that we will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute violators,” he said.
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The Kwara Government on Wednesday promised to carry traditional rulers along in the planning and implementation of policies and programmes, for the well-being of citizens in the state.
Mr Aliyu Saifudeen, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, said this during a courtesy visit to the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, for his royal blessings on the affairs of the ministry.
He said that he knew the crucial role being played by the royal fathers, in the maintenance of peaceful coexistence in their domains.
The commissioner decried the increase in social vices in the country, adding that his visit was to create a synergy with the traditional rulers, as the custodians of customs and traditions.
He noted that the royal fathers had a great role to play in the reduction of such vices in their areas.
Saifudeen expressed satisfaction with the warm reception accorded him by the traditional ruler.
The commissioner promised to always be available whenever necessary, to deliberate on issues bordering on the development of the state.
In his welcome address, the Emir expressed satisfaction that the commissioner’s visit had to do with matters concerning the traditional rulers at the cabinet level.
Sulu-Gambari said that his doors were widely opened to receive him anytime, to discuss and as well proffer possible solutions when necessary.
He prayed for God’s guidance in the successful running of the ministry’s affairs by the commissioner.
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The Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman AbdulKareem, has commiserated with Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and the people of Kwara over the death of his Chief of Staff, Adisa Logun, on Tuesday.
This was contained in a statement issued by the institution’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr Kunle Akogun on Wednesday.
The vice chancellor said that the death of the foremost public servant and eminent industrialist was most unexpected and shocking to him and the entire members of the university community.
AbdulKareem described Logun as a meticulous public officer, dedicated professional and a special breed of technocrat, who recorded remarkable accomplishments in various spheres of his career, spanning many decades.
He stated that Logun was not only a distinguished professional colleague but also an abiding friend of the university.
The vice chancellor noted that the death of the elder statesman at this point-in-time was most unexpected.
According to him, by his death, the state has lost a great citizen, true public servant, a fascinating patriot and firm believer in its destined greatness.
AbdulKareem recalled his several interactions with the deceased, especially since the formation of the present Kwara government, which, he said, were targeted at building and sustaining synergy between the university and the state government.
He added that Logun was a man who gave his all to the service of the people of the state, even as a septuagenarian.
The vice-chancellor condoled with the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman, Kwara State Council of Emirs and Obas, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, and the people of Ilorin emirate over the loss of one of their most distinguished sons.
He also sympathised with the family members, friends and colleagues of the deceased, especially the leadership and members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers on the death of a foremost Engineer, saying that his absence would be felt by all.
AbdulKareem prayed Allah to forgive Logun’s shortcomings and grant his soul eternal felicity, even as he also prayed God to grant the state government, his wife and children as well as other family members the fortitude to bear the loss.
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President Muhammadu Buhari has joined the APC, government and people of Kwara in mourning the passing of Alhaji Aminu Logun, the Chief of Staff to the Kwara governor.
In a condolence message by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Tuesday Buhari described Logun as a dedicated public officer.
”I just received the sad and unfortunate news on the death of Alhaji Logun, a successful industrialist and consummate public intellectual.
”He was a passionate member of our party, APC, who worked for its progress at state and national levels.
“His death comes at a time his services were greatly needed by the party and government as part of our rebuilding efforts.’’
Buhari also condoled with Gov. Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman of Kwara, the state’s executive council and the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman, Kwara State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari.
The president prayed that Allah would forgive the soul of the deceased and reward his good deeds with paradise.
Buhari also prayed that God would grant Logun’s family the fortitude to bear the loss.
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The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, on Sunday commiserated with the former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, over the death of his wife, Hajia Airat Smith.
Sulu-Gambari, also the Chairman of Kwara Council of Chiefs, in a statement, described the death of Hajia Smith as a great loss.
The emir said that the late Smith had always been with and supported her husband, former I-G Musiliu Smith, during his duties to the nation.
He said that she lived an exemplary life of courage, patience and loyalty worthy of emulation.
Hajia Smith died on Friday in Lagos during an illness.
The Nigerian Legion, Kwara Council and Corps of Commissionaires, Kwara Command, have congratulated Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and Prof. Muhammed Mustapha Akanbi on their recent appointments.
The congratulatory message was contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Ilorin by the Legion Deputy Corps Commandant (DCC) Omolale Olusegun.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the statement was on behalf of the state Chairman of the Legion, Brig.-Gen. Aliyu Akanno (Rtd), and Prof. Olasehinde Ibikunle, Commandant, Corps of Commissionaires in Kwara.
Omolale, who is also the Legion Director of Human Resources and Public Relations, congratulated Prof. Gambari for his recent appointment as the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, and Prof. Akanbi as the new Vice Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete.
The legion spokesman described the two appointments as great landmarks to the Ilorin Emirate and the entire State.
“We rejoice with this two eminent distinguished personalities and we are proud of their patriotic service, outstanding achievements.
“We are proud of their immense contributions to the development of both the State, National and also International Community Development which are evident as good ambassadors of our great Nation – Nigeria.
“We pray that the Almighty God, who has helped you thus far, will help you in the new office and prosper your undertakings,” he said.
The legion also rejoiced with and congratulated Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in that his tenure has brought good luck to the citizens of Kwara.
“We, highly commend you sir for the aggressive and bold steps you have taken against the spread of COVID-19 in the State.
“We appreciate the privilege given to us to be partners and be appointed to render patriotic service as patriotic volunteers with Kwara State Technical Taskforce Committee on COVID-19.
“As our Patron, we are proud to be associated with the laudable programmes and palliative measures to cushion the effects of COVID-19 lockdown under the exemplary good leadership of your Excellency.
“Nigerian Legion officers and men have worked harmoniously with other Security Agencies in the State for about two months.
“We humbly wish to reiterates our steadfast commitment that we are gallantly ready, available whenever and wherever our services are needed,” Omolale added.
The legion also congratulated the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, for all the appointments, saying they were good signs during his peaceful reign.
They also commended the Emir’s role as the Chairman of Kwara State Traditional Council and all other traditional rulers in the state for their cooperation in implementing the Presidential Taskforce Committee guidelines on the lockdown and the prevention of spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
“We pray for divine guidance, more blessings, good health and protection for all the Royal Fathers in the State of Harmony,” it stated.
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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Saliu Mustapha, has called for prayers by Muslims for an end to the prevailing global challenges.
Mustapha made the call in a statement issued on Saturday in Ilorin while felicitating with Muslims on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast.
The former APC gubernatorial aspirant in Kwara urged Muslims to allow the lessons of the period to continue to reflect in their dealings.
According to him, only total submission to the will of Allah could end the challenges bedeviling the world.
The initiator of the Saliu Mustapha Foundation admonished Muslim faithful never to return to sinful ways after the holy month.
He also admonished wealthy individuals to always give charity to the poor in their neighborhood to alleviate their sufferings.
The APC stalwart said that the call for the rich to deploy their wealth for the purpose of providing succor for the poor became necessary in the face of the untold hardship unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the country.
“Let me also call on Muslim Ummah to strengthen their worship in Allah, repent from sins and sustain the lessons of piety, patriotism and generosity learnt during the Ramadan period.
“We thank Almighty Allah for sparing our lives, especially Muslims to be counted among the living souls that completed this year’s Ramadan.
“This is a challenging time for all of us, let us assist the needy around us, pray for our leaders and be patriotic Nigerians.
“Our leaders presently need our support and prayers, I will urge you all to support the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in the task of building a better Nigeria.
“Let us support all government’s policies and adhere strictly to all government’s guidelines in containing the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
“I congratulate Muslims in Nigeria, particularly those in Kwara, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari and the Council of Ulamas in Kwara.
“I greet our Islamic teachers that provided insightful sermons for us during the period and the entire people of Ilorin Emirate on the successful conclusion of the Ramadan fast,” Mustapha said.
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The Vice-Chancellor, University of Abuja (UniAbuja), Prof. AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, says Prof. Ibrahim Gambari is worthy of President Muhammadu Buhari’s choice as the new Chief of Staff (CoS).
In a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Wednesday, Na’Allah noted that the clear-headedness and global thinking needed to navigate the country’s present travails made the engagement of the international diplomat an excellent choice by the president.
He commended President Buhari on the appointment of the Ilorin Prince, an acclaimed successful academic and international diplomat.
”He had been a global citizen since 1984 when he was appointed the nation’s External Affairs Minister by President Buhari, during his first coming as Nigeria’s Head of State.
”Prof. Gambari is not a novice in governance and international best practices, and his appointment will further help in positioning the President Buhari-led administration for better service delivery to Nigeria and Nigerians,” Na’Allah said.
He added that as the nation grappled with COVID-19 global pandemic and was planning for post-COVID economic recovery, the global academic pundit and diplomat would bring to bear his wealth of experience in giving quality advice to the president at this crucial time.
”I can assure that Prof. Gambari will justify the confidence reposed in him by the president in helping to lessen the burden of governance.
‘The new CoS’ appointment will also help add fillip to Nigeria’s international exposure and linkages that would assist government in recovery plans in the post-COVID-19 world, through his quality advice and support in governance process,” he said.
Na’Allah recalled the appointment of the new CoS as the pioneer Chancellor of Kwara State University (KWASU) in 2013, while he was pioneer Vice-Chancellor at that university.
He said the robust engagements with Prof. Gambari enabled the university to weather the storm and survived stoppage of subvention for the university over a five-year period.
According to Na’Allah, the new CoS, as the pioneer Chancellor of KWASU, contributed in no small measure to the academic stability achieved by the institution as he was always there to give his best toward ensuring the attainment of the world-class vision of the university’s founding fathers.
He urged the new CoS not to be distracted, and to give professional and moral loyalty to the president as he commenced the arduous task of helping his principal to fulfill his presidential mandate.
Na’Allah felicitated with the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, and joined him and Kwara State Governor, Mallam Abdulrazak Abdulrahman, all Nigerians and indeed the rest of the world in congratulating the legend and incorruptible leader, on his well-deserved appointment, wishing him Allah’s protection and guidance in his new task.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)