The Emir of Ilorin in Kwara State, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari has revealed why he appointed a close ally of President Muhamadu Buhari, Alhaji Saliu Mustapha as the Turaki of Ilorin.
The new Turaki is the founder of Saliu Mustapha Foundation and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC),
The late Olusola Saraki once held the title before he was elevated to the position of a Waziri.
His son, and a former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, stepped into the father’s shoes between 2006 and 2018.
The Younger Saraki was later turbaned as the Waziri, succeeding his father for the second time.
Speaking on Tuesday when he received a delegation led by Mustapha on a thank you visit, the Emir noted that he appointed the APC chairmanship aspirant because of his (Mustapha) generosity towards the development of the city.
According to the monarch, Mustapha got his honorary title owing to his huge investments and uncommon acts of philanthropy in the Ilorin emirate over the last decade.
Sulu-Gambari said, “He (Mustapha) is someone that everybody knows in the Emirate.
“He is someone who spends virtually all that he has got for the development of the Emirate and beyond.
“He is also trying his best to propagate Islam.
“It is people like him that are deserving of traditional titles, and that is why he has been so conferred.”