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Unveiling the new Turakin Ilorin


By Ali M. Ali

Penultimate Friday October 22nd, 2021 the ancient city of Ilorin literally grinded to a halt. It brimmed with a mix of traditional, political and business class elite.  It was the turbaning  of Saliu Mustapha as the new Turakin Ilorin by the emir, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari.

It was a carnival of sort. It was also a “personal” homecoming of sort for new Turaki.

Years ago, his late father Alhaji Sanni Okin, held court as the 1st Turaki of Ilorin and installed in 1963.He died just a few weeks after the new Turaki was born in 1972.

The late orator and Danmasanin Kano, Yusuf Maitama Sule used to say,  “The joy of a dying father is the presence of a worthy successor”. The new Turaki is certainly a worthy successor not by birth alone but by personal industry, enterprise and selflessness

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