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  • Updated: June 19, 2024

Saraki, AbdulRazaq engage in war of words over Ilorin durbar attendance

Saraki, AbdulRazaq engage in war of words over Ilorin durbar

Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State have exchanged heated statements over Saraki's decision to skip the annual Ilorin Durbar celebration.

Saraki, in a statement, claimed he chose not to attend the event to maintain peace and out of respect for the Sheikh Alimi throne, following appeals from prominent Islamic scholars and community leaders. 

He also alleged that the state government, led by AbdulRazaq, did not want him to attend due to his soaring popularity among the people.

"The rejection of the AbdulRazaq-led government by the people is because it fails to eradicate poverty, provide quality leadership, and the inability to deliver on good governance," Saraki's statement read.

However, the government countered that Saraki had not attended the Durbar since 2019 and accused him of bad faith and mischief. The government also stated that Saraki's absence was not due to any action on their part, but rather his own personal decision.

"Senator Bukola Saraki should leave Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq out of his self-inflicted shame. The governor has repeatedly shown humility and a large heart to accommodate everyone.

"Since 2019, Saraki has never attended Durbar, and his statement reeks of mischief and bad faith," the government's response read in part.

The exchange highlights the ongoing political tensions between Saraki and AbdulRazaq, with both sides accusing each other of political manipulation and mischief. 

The Ilorin Durbar celebration, a significant cultural event in the state, has become a focal point for their rivalry.

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