As political activities towards the 2023 general elections hot up in kwara state, especially agitations for power shift to the northern part of the state, a forum known as Kwara stakeholders’ consultative forum has cautioned traditional rulers to stare clear of partisan politics and be mindful of their utterances to protect the dignity of their stool.
In a statement issued and signed in Ilorin on Monday by its chairman, Com Bisi Fakayode, the forum said “our traditional rulers are fathers of all and should remain relying points for all shades of progressive ideas and interests”.
According to Bisi Fakayode, “our traditional rulers should emulate the Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Zulu-Gambari, who despite being the custodian of Islamic values of the Emirate has earned respect and admiration of Christian community in the state”.
“All political parties and interests, indigenes and non-indigenes find comfort and convenience in the Emir. The peaceful environment and tolerance engendered by the Emir of Ilorin have made the state capital attractive to everyone”.
According to Fakayode, the Emir of Ilorin has never made any political statement even when his headship and authority were seemingly under threat during political turbulence in the state.
Com Bisi urged traditional rulers in the state to identify the interests and aspirations of their people and key in accordingly for peace, tranquillity and progress.
” In the last one week, I’ve travelled through Pategi to Lafiagi, Moro, Baruteen and Kaima visiting all the zones in the areas, the predominant political music has been Kwara North for governor come 2023 based on equity, justice and fairness”.
“So, for anyone to say otherwise will not only be personal but anti the collective will of the people”, Com. Bisi alleged.
It will be recalled that political gladiators from Kwara North cutting across the political divide, with support from other zones, had gathered last week in Bode Saadu, Moro local government area of the state to ventilate agitations for power shift to the zone come 2023.
However, an Emir in the zone had also allegedly drummed support for the incumbent governor for a second term.