“Who Gave the Order?” Emir of Ilorin Reacts As Muslim Group Disbands Kwara Chrislam Centres

“Who Gave the Order?” Emir of Ilorin Reacts As Muslim Group Disbands Kwara Chrislam Centres

  • Members of an unidentified Muslim group recently ordered the stoppage of a worship centre where Christian and Islamic services were held
  • A video of the group's actions went viral on social media as its leaders insisted they were acting on the orders of the Emir of Ilorin
  • However, in a swift reaction, the Emir of Ilorin, through his spokesperson, countered the claims of the Muslim group, noting he didn't give them such a directive

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, has disowned members of an unidentified Muslim group who recently stormed a worship centre that played host to both Christian and Islamic services in the Alalubosa area of Ilorin, Kwara state capital.

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The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, speaks against the stoppage of services in Kwara state capital
The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, disowned the Muslim leaders who stormed Kwara Chrislam centre. Photo credit: Ilorin emirate council, Arowolo Abdulfatai
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The Kwara State Traditional Rulers Council's chairman and the emir stressed that appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that peaceful coexistence continues to thrive among religious adherents in the Ilorin Emirate and beyond.

Recall that an unidentified Muslim group stormed the worship centre on Thursday, May 16, and said they were acting on the instruction of Emir Ilorin Gambari.

They ordered the disbandment of the services and maintained that such practice was an anomaly that would not be tolerated under the emir's watch.

Reacting, the monarch's spokesperson, Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona, said that the emir could not have sent any group a message like that.

As reported by Vanguard, Mallam Arowona, in the statement released on Friday, May 17, said that the Emir of Ilorin did not send them.

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However, he confirmed that appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that peaceful coexistence continues to thrive among religious adherents in the Ilorin Emirate and beyond.

Arowona noted in the statement that:

”There is a clear definition of religion and how and when it should be practiced by adherents.
“There is no contradiction in the methods adopted by individuals or groups on how religions should be practiced.
“Mosques are sacred places of worship for Muslims and should not be used for any other things as contained in the Holy Quran and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).”

Muslim group warns against holding Isese festival

In a related development, Legit.ng reported that a Muslim group, Majlisu Shabab li Ulamahu Society, in Ilorin, Kwara State, warned an Osun priestess, Yeye Adesikemi Olokun Omolara Olatunji, against organising Isese festival in the state.

The group stormed the residence of the Osun priestess to issue the warning, stating that they were sent by the Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari.

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Any form of Isese festival was banned in Ilorin West, Ilorin East, Ilorin South, and Asa local government areas of the state.

Proofreading by Nkem Ikeke, journalist and copy editor at Legit.ng.

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.

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