President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, was on Sunday conferred with the traditional title of ‘Wazirin Ilorin’ by the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, in view of his political exploits.
This happened at a Special Thanksgiving Prayer Session by the Emirate organized to mark the recent victory of Saraki at the Supreme Court over assets falsification charges brought against him by the federal government.
Sulu-Gambari said: “We are excited by your political exploits because of late you have become the beautiful bride whom politicians across the board are beckoning to be in their camps. This is a show of recognition of your worth and achievements as a politician. We are very proud of you.
“It is from here that we prayed for you to become governor, it was here that we prayed for you to become senator and it was from here that we prayed for you to become Senate President and all these came to reality. Today we are also praying from here that God will elevate you beyond your present position.”
Sitting on a very special seat inherited from his forefathers with their authority to conduct yesterday’s programme, the emir decorated Saraki with the regalia of his new title and ordered him to wear it throughout the day.
He described the event as typical of Ilorin, saying unlike some communities that celebrate events like Saraki’s victory with parties, the emirate believes in the efficacy of coming together to the inner chamber of the palace to offer special prayers.
During the prayer, the Imam Imale of Ilorin, Sheikh Abdullahi AbdulHameed had noted that Saraki survived his recent ordeal by the power of prayers offered from the emirate.
“We pray that his decision which is being awaited and which has made him the beautiful bride today would be successful,” he said.
By the elevation, Saraki who is also Turakin Ilorin becomes the fourth Waziri Ilorin, succeeding his father, the late Dr. Olusola Saraki who held the title until his demise in 2012.
Saraki, in a post on his Facebook page, said: “This morning, I went to the Palace of the Emir of Ilorin for a Thanksgiving Prayer Session organized by the Emirate to thank Allah for my recent victory at the Supreme Court.
“The Holy Quran teaches us that those who give thanks to Allah for His favours will always get more. Alhamdulilahi Robil Al-amin. As the prayer session was coming to an end, the Emir, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, surprised all of us by announcing my elevation to the traditional title of Wazirin Ilorin.
“The position of Wazirin Ilorin was last occupied by my late father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki. May the Almighty Allah (SWT) retain for him a place in Aljannah Al-Firdaus. Alhamdulillahi, Alhamdulillahi, Alhamdulilahi Robil Al-amin.”