Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Friday 28th of August, 2020, said the traditional institutions are vital to the growth and peaceful coexistence of the society as they play key roles in the stability of the polity.
AbdulRazaq spoke in Ilorin, the state capital, when the Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero paid him a courtesy visit. AbdulRazaq in his statements said “As a government we have huge respect for traditional institution. And as far as I am concerned, despite the three tiers of government, I believe traditional institution is the fourth tier of government. That is possibly why the military made the funding of the institution to come directly from local government.
The Governor also lauded the relationship between Kano and Ilorin emirates, and for the strengthening of the ties between both states especially in the area of economy such as agriculture and commerce and the visit is also about culture. The cultures of Ilorin emirate and that of Kano are so interwoven. You can go back to the history of our emirate and Kano emirate through to Sheikh Uthman Dan Fodio. All these are available for those who want to learn about it. This visit will further strengthen our bond. His Royal Highness. We really appreciate Your Royal Highness for visiting us in Kwara.”
Ado Bayero, whose mother hailed from Ilorin, said he had come to the ancient town to receive blessings from his maternal roots.He also commiserated with the Governor over the loss of his father AGF AbdulRazaq SAN, praying Allah to repose the soul of the sage.
Ado Bayero in his words said “The purpose of my visit is to be back home, where I belong. To me, Kano and Ilorin are the same thing. Here is my home – maternal side – and I am happy to always be here. This is not my first time of coming, it is not the second and, in fact, I cannot even count the number of times I have come here. But this is unique because this is the first time I am coming to Ilorin after ascending the throne of my ancestors. I thank God for that
The courtesy visit was attended by Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe (Kwara Central); Senator Umar Sadiq (Kwara North; Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly Rt Honourable Yakubu Danladi Salihu; Secretary to the Government of Kwara State Prof Mamman Saba Jubril; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Aliyu Mohammed Saifudeen; Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duties Yinka Aluko; and Kwara APC Chairman Bashir Bolarinwa.