Abioye Olarewaju, Ilorin
The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has denied alleged invitation by President Muhamadu Buhari to sort out any issue relating to failed federal road contract in Kwara and part of Niger States.
The National Secretary of Shehu Alimi Foundation for Peace and Development, Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona on behalf of the Emir said it was untrue that President Muhammadu Buhari recently invited the royal father over the Ilorin-Jebba express road contract.
The Emir said that there is no iota of truth in the allegation and described the alleged rumour act as extremely condemnable.
The Emir further noted that such negative act is capable of causing undesired havoc in the country.
“I have never taken contract either for myself or any other body or group of people from the federal government in my life.
“I have always maintained high level of integrity and honesty in my career as a judicial officer until I relinquished the position as Judge of Court of Appeal in 1995.
“I still maintained my stand as the Emir of Ilorin and at no time have I ever lobbied for contract from the Federal Government or any of its agents.
“ The allegation is not only reckless but it is also extremely damaging to my personality as a highly placed traditional ruler in the country.
“ I was never invited by the President neither was I invited by any of the anti-graft agencies”, the Emir insisted.
Alhaji Sulu-Gambari also expressed his view and expectations over the recent visit of the Minister for Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN) to Kwara State on road inspection tour.
He said that as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria that he is, he expected that the Minister will come to the palace on courtesy visit but I was later told that he has gone.
“Nigerians should be well informed that the resumption of work on the road by the contractor should be regarded as the federal government’s commitment to the welfare of the citizenry as promised during the electioneering campaigns.”