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