Turaki: Emir sets date for Mustapha’s coronation

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The Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has fixed the turbaning ceremony of Mallam Saliu Mustapha, newly-appointed Turaki of Ilorin, for mid-October.

Mustapha, a philanthropist and astute politician, was proclaimed the new Turaki by Sulu-Gambari at the last Durbar event in July.

The title was last held by former Senate President Bukola Saraki, another prominent son of the emirate.

The royal father, at the event, said the decision was borne out of Mustapha’s immense commitment to humanitarian causes and matters affecting the people of the emirate.

The Turaki, which literally means an officer at the Court, holds a special place across emirates in northern Nigeria.

However, two months after the announcement, the monarch says the turbaning, which equates to the coronation in other cultures, will hold at his Palace on October 15.

Also, in a public invitation released to journalists on Saturday, Mustapha said the office is an important one, hence the reason to celebrate it amidst pomp and pageantry.

According to him, the event gives Ilorin residents and visitors a rare avenue to come together in celebration of the beauty of Ilorin’s culture and tradition.

“My family and I humbly request that you join us in prayers to the almighty Allah to uphold the day for us,” Mustapha stated.

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