The Emir of Ilorin and chairman, Kwara state traditional council, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, today elevated the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, to the position of the traditional Prime Minister of the Ilorin emirate, Waziri Gerin of Ilorin.
The elevation was announced at the end of a special prayer organized by the Emir over the recent victory of Saraki at the Supreme Court on his case with the federal government over allegations of false asset declaration. By the elevation, Saraki who is also Turakin Ilorin, becomes the fourth Waziri Gerin, succeeding his father, late Dr Olusola Saraki, who held the title until his death in 2012.
Announcing the elevation, the Emir said it was in acknowledgement of the Senate President’s passion for the development of not only the emirate but Kwara state as well as his political exploits that had brought fame to the state, particularly Ilorin Emirate.
The emir immediately decorated Saraki with the regalia of his new title and ordered him to wear it throughout the day. In his remarks, the Imam Imale of Ilorin, Sheikh Abdullahi AbdulHameed led participants to offer prayers for divine guidance for Saraki as he makes vital decisions over his political future.
In his reaction, Saraki who said that the development took him by surprise, promised to use the title to continue in his commitment to looking after the well-being of people in the emirate as well as the entire Kwara state.