Ilorin Yidi: AbdulRazaq, Sulu-Gambari, Saro Applauded over Issuance of C-of-O
By Alabidun Shuaib Abdulrahman
The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji (Dr.) Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, CFR, and Alhaji Umar Aminu Saro, OFR, have been commended over their respective immense contributions towards the approval and issuance of Certificate of Occupancy to the Ilorin Muslim Community.
The encomium was contained in a press statement released by the Board of Trustees of the Ilorin Central Jummat Mosque on Tuesday.
According to the statement, the trio are great contributors towards the great feat, as Ilorin Eid Praying Ground has long been allocated to the Muslim ummah without any formal documents.
The statement further read: “Board of Trustees of the Ilorin Central Jummat Mosque, under the Chairmanship of Hon. Justice Abdulkadir Orire, CON, the Sarkin Malami and Marafan Ilory, expresses sincere appreciation to His Excellency, Mall. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, the Executive Governor of Kwara State for the approval and issuance of Certificate of Occupancy to the Ilorin Muslim Community on its parcel of land located along New Yidi Road, Ilorin being used as Ilorin Eid Praying Ground”.
The Board, while thanking the Governor, expressed appreciation to His Royal Highness, Mai Martaba Sarkin Ilory, Alhaji (Dr.) Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, CFR, the Emir of Ilorin for endorsing the acquisition of the Certificate of Occupancy in favour of the Ilorin Central Jummat Mosque Board of Trustees.
In the statement signed by Alhaji Shehu Abdulgafar who is the Dan Madami of Ilorin and Secretary, Board of Trustees, Ilorin Central Jummat Mosque, the role played by Alhaji Umar Aminu Saro, OFR, the Sardauna of Ilorin who provided the eye-opener on the necessity for the document.
“Alhaji Saro relived the sad experience of the Lagos Muslim Community that lost the Obalende Eid Praying Ground due to non-possession of official document.
“According to him, a piece of land at Obalende earlier allocated to the Lagos Muslim Community since the colonial era for use as Eid Praying Ground was later reallocated for other purposes by subsequent administrations because the Muslim Community could not come forth with any formal document on its claim of ownership.”
“He expressed aversion for such a situation and would not want such to befall the Ilorin Muslim Community now or in the future. He therefore led a delegation on the matter to His Royal Highness, the Emir of Ilorin who instantly endorsed the initiative of obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy on the Ilorin Eid land in the name of the Ilorin Central Jummat Mosque fund being the only Body Corporate owned by the Ilorin Muslim Community.
“It must be put on record that Alhaji Umaru Saro also reached out to His Excellency, Mall. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, the Executive Governor of Kwara State to facilitate prompt approval and issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy.
“The entire Ilorin Muslim Community is indeed grateful to Alhaji Umaru Aminu Saro for all his efforts” the statement further read.
The Board of Trustees also congratulated the entire Ilorin Muslim Community on the achievement and to bring to the notice of the general public that the Kwara State Government has issued a Certificate of Occupancy on the Eid Praying Ground situated along New Yidi Road, Ilorin in the name of the Board of Trustees of the Ilorin Central Jummat Mosque and is now a legal property of the Ilorin Muslim Community.