By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, has turbaned Mallam Zakariyau Abdulmalik Iyanda Ilufemiloye as the new Alangua Ibagun, Okelele, Ilorin.
The turbanning ceremony which took place on Friday at the Emir’s palace, was well attended by eminent sons and daughters of Ibagun ward as well as well wishers from various walks of life.
Mallam Zakariyau Maliki Iyanda is the 6th Alangua Ibagun of Ibagun, Okelele in Ilorin East local government area of Kwara state.
Speaking at the event, the Emir emphasised the need for the new Alangua to discharge his duties without fear or favour.
Describing peace as an elixir for progress and development of any community, Sulu Gambari admonished the new Alangua to ensure peaceful coexistence among the residents of the community, while also urging the people of Ibagun community to support the new appointee in order to bring about an all round development in the community.
Speaking with newsmen on the sideline of the ceremony, the Chairman of Ibagun Progressive Union(IPU), Alhaji Kuranga Omomeji Morogun, described the new Alangua as a man of integrity and great charisma.
Morogun expressed optimism that the reign of the new Chief would bring progress and development to Ibagun community.
He advised indigenes of Ibagun community at home and abroad to unite and work together with the new Alangua, adding that with peace and unity, there would be development.
Also speaking, one of the elders in Ibagun community, Alhaji Abdulraheem Olesin, described the programme as unique and important to the people of Okelele community.
Olesin advised sons and daughters of Ibagun community to rally round the new Chief, even as he urged him to be a listening leader.
“I pray Almighty Allah to guard and guide him. May his reign witness peace and development in our community and the state at large”.
Responding, the new Alangua Ibagun described his appointment as another challenge to contribute more to peace and development of the community.
He appreciated the Emir of Ilorin, all sons and daughters of Ibagun community as well as his family members for the confidence reposed in him and promised to do everything within his power not to betray the trust.
The new Alangua solicited the support and cooperation of all sons and daughters of Ibagun community so as to ensure peaceful reign, adding that a tree cannot make a forest.
He promised to operate an open door policy by carrying people of the community along in the scheme of things.