Kwara House’ll give Ilorin Emirate Durbar legislative backing: Speaker

Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

The Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Engr. Yakubu Danladi Salihu, has stated that the House would ensure passage of relevant laws to institutionalise the annual Ilorin Emirate Grand Durbar.

According to the Speaker, the enactment of such legislation would be in tandem with the aspirations of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to turn the state into culture and tourism destination.

Salihu gave the assurance when members of Durbar committee led by its Chairman, Engineer Suleiman Yahaya Alapansanpa, paid him a courtesy visit at the Assembly Complex, Ilorin.

The Speaker assured that the lawmakers would ensure immediate passage of relevant legislation including budget for the Durbar, which he noted, has come to stay with wider acceptance.

He noted that the festival has united the people of Ilorin Emirate, the state and the entire nation and commended the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, for reintroducing the festival that has attracted global attention.

According to him, members of the assembly would be physically present and participate in the horse riding, which he said, is the hallmark of the Durbar.

The leader of the House, Barrister Abdulkadir Oba Magaji, who spoke earlier, commended members of the Durbar Committee for sustaining the annual festival, pledging that the legislature would accord the festival legislative backing to gain more international recognition.

He added that the names of members of the committee have been written in gold as those that stabilized Durbar activities in the Emirate.

Other members of the House that received the committee include the Deputy Whip, Hon Mariam Yusuf Aladi, Hon Bello Yunusa Oniboki, Hon Ayi Olatundun Babatunde Alanamu, Hon Rukayat Motunrayo Shittu, Hon Ganiyu Folabi Salahudeen, Clerk of the House, Alhaji Ahmed Olayiwola Kareem; and Deputy Clerk of the House, Mallam Nasiru Mosadi Kareem.

Earlier, the Chairman of the committee, Engineer Suleiman Yahaya Alapansanpa, who is the Danmasani of Ilorin, recalled that the festival has been in existence since during the era of Sheikh Abdulsalam, albeit low key, adding that the incumbent Emir of Ilorin raised it to its present standard since 2018 to date.

Alapansanpa, disclosed that the festival has showcased the rich culture and tradition of the people of the Ilorin Emirate to the outside world.

According to him, people from the UNESCO, Canada and other multinational communities, governments, organizations and individuals have already indicated their interest in participating in this year’s Durbar.

In his remarks, another member of the committee, Prince Modibbo Sulu-Gambari, disclosed that the hiring of horses for the festival and the costumes consume the largest percentage of the money for the festival, stressing that Durbar is incomplete without the horse riding.

The Secretary, Grand Durbar Committee, Professor Ibrahim Jawondo, explained that the parade of horses during the festival is a reaffirmation of loyalty to the Emirate.

Jawondo added that the demonstration of horsemanship and others remain the highlights of the event celebrating the rich heritage of the Ilorin Emirate.

A retired Grand Kadi of the state, who is a member of the committee, Justice Idris Haroun, offered prayers for the success of the festival and described the lawmakers as humble set of people.

Members of the Durbar Committee on the courtesy visit were the National President of Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressives Union, IEDPU, Alhaji Abdulmumini AbdulMalik; the Serikin Gobir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Gobir; and AIG Adisa Bolanta (rtd) among others.

The Ilorin Emirate Grand Durbar holds annually on the second day of Ileya festival at the forecourt of the Emir of Ilorin’s Palace.


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