Emir Says Traditional Stool Is Non-Partisan
The Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara State Traditional Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has dissociated himself from issues relating to APC campaign bill boards in the state.
The first class traditional ruler also warned the Kwara State government not to drag him into politics in the state as he is a father to all.
The Emir said this in a statement while reacting to a letter issued by the management of Kwara State Signage and Advertising Agency, KWASAA, on issues relating to campaign billboards mounted by All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.
The agency had in a letter dated November 6, claimed it received a complaint from the palace of the Emir on the campaign advertisements of APC.
However, the Emir, in the statement by Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona, the National Secretary of Shehu Alimi Foundation for Peace and Development, said the palace is not involved in politics.
The statement read: “It is worrisome that the name of the Emir of Ilorin, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, is being mentioned to cause disaffection among political gladiators in the state.
“The emir is neither a card-carrying member of any political party nor staff of an advertising agency. He is always passionate about a united Ilorin Emirate, a united Kwara State as well as a united Nigeria. He is a father to all indigenes of Kwara State, irrespective of their political platforms.
“It is expected that the advertising agency will demonstrate a high level of professionalism and competence in its operations without necessarily dragging the palace into its affairs.”