Buhari, Saraki, AbdulRazaq felicitate Emir of Ilorin at 81, Saliu Mustapha, others present as Emirate students launch book on Ilorin Emir

Emir of Ilorin

The Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara State Council of Chiefs, Mai-Martaba Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari CFR, on Thursday appealed to residents of the state to remain calm and resolute, while urging them to allow peace to reign before, during and after the general elections.

In a statement released by his spokesman, Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona, the Emir urged parents to prevail on their children and wards to be law abiding to the constituted authorities and not involve in any act capable of causing crises especially during this hard period.

The monarch, while expressing concerns over the numerous socio-economic hardships orchestrated by the inadequate circulation of the newly redesigned naira notes, fuel scarcity as well as the forthcoming general elections, stressed that for the nation to enjoy democratic advancement in the face of several challenges, there is need for tolerance, perseverance and adequate supports from members of the public irrespective of their social status and religions belief by standing on the path of peace and harmony in order to avoid disarray of government programmes and actions.

According to him, “As a traditonal rulers, myself and my colleagues are deeply touched and aware of the various challenges faced by the general public especially people at the grassroot level. It is my hope that while government is making frantic efforts towards addressing the ugly situation, I appeal to the people of Ilorin Emirate and Kwarans at large to remain calm and patient and not to allow anyone to use them to cause political unrest in the society.

“Naira notes remain the only legal tender which allow for easy transaction of business activities while large volume of fuel is being consumed on daily basis for both domestic and industrial purposes, therefore the scarcity of both has no doubt caused unbearable hardship on the people.

“It is only in an atmosphere of peace snd tranquility that democracy can grow. I urge all political parties’ stalwarts to endeavour to play the game of electioneering processes by the rules by embracing peaceful coexistence among themselves irrespective of their party lines.

“Voters should also exercise their franchise in a peaceful manner and vote for candidates of their choice without fear. Ilorin Emirate is peaceful, Kwara State is peaceful and we don’t want any unfortunate incidence that will tarnish our longstanding reputation as the most peaceful state in Nigeria.”

However, the Emir appealed to all politicians and their supporters not to overheat the polity in their quests to canvass for votes from the electorates adding that no society can grow amidst rancour and disorderliness.

Alhaji Sulu-Gambari therefore urged the Independent National Electoral Commission,  (INEC) to remain neutral and unbias by ensuring that the forthcoming general elections is conducted in a free, fair and credible atmosphere by giving all political parties equal rights and opportunities during the contest.

“Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria,  Long live the President of dear country”, the Emir added.

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