From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari has approved the cancellation of the Fulani/Bororo cultural festival which holds annually at his palace square, with immediate effect.
The monarch, in a statement signed by his spokesman, the Magaji Nda of Ilorin, Alhaji Saliu Woru Mohammed, said that the cancellation will be effective especially in the headquarters of the five local government areas in the emirate as well as Kwara state at large.
The monarch noted that the decision was imperative in the interest of the public and general safety as part of security measures towards curbing the incessant terrorist attacks witnessed in the nation.
Alhaji Sulu-Gambari also expressed regret over any inconveniences the cancellation may cause participants, organisers of the festival as well as the entire community.
He further maintained that the admonition was directed at the congregation of the Fulani and Bororo leaders including the MeyattiAllah, who gathered and pleaded with him to assist them in the maintenance of peaceful co-existence with their host communities in the state.
The monarch urged members of the community to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement and character contrary to the decision before, during and after the Sallah celebration to the law enforcement agents for appropriate action.