Barely 12 hours to the Ilorin Durbar, the Kwara State Government has announced the suspension of the annual Durbar earlier scheduled for Wednesday July 21, 2012 on security grounds.
It would be recalled the Governor had earlier denied the Durbar committee usage of Ilorin township stadium earlier slated to host the venue, thereby forcing the committee to announce metropolitan square only to be changed to the Emir’s Palace 3 hours after.
This was contained in a press release signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communication, Hajia Rabiat Mopelola Abdulrahman, a virtual copy which was obtained by Fresh Insight in Ilorin tonight.
It reads “The suspension, painful as it is given our people’s attachment to it and government’s investments to promote this colourful cultural heritage, follows a police intelligence report which indicated that some forces plan to use the boisterous nature of the cultural event to instigate a breakdown of law and order in the state, thereby complicating national security challenges,” according to a statement by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communications Hajia Rabiat Mopelola Abdulrahman.
“Government reiterates its commitment to protection of lives and property of all residents of the state, as that is its primary obligation.
“We urge all residents of the state to continue to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies.
“The government once again congratulates Kwarans on the Eid-ul-Kabir celebrations and bids everyone many blessed Eid in the coming years.”