By Ayo Kehinde
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has denied referring to the Ilorin Emirate in a post -election speech celebrating the victory of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC in the recent bye-election in Kwara State.
He said a press conference addressed by the Ilorin Emirate Magaji/Alangua Forum in Ilorin on Tuesday wrongly alleged that he said that the ‘Berlin Wall’ of the Ilorin Emirate had been broken by the outcome of the 17 Nov. 2018 by-election in the Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of
He said: “Those who made the allegation referred to a news item published in The Nation newspaper of Monday, 19 Nov. 2018, entitled ”Kwara Berlin Wall Broken, Says Lai Mohammed”.
“While it is indeed true that I mentioned the Berlin Wall in my speech at the victory rally in my country home in Oro on Sunday, 18 Nov. 2018, it was undoubtedly in reference to the stranglehold of the
Saraki political dynasty on Kwara politics.
“Not once did I mention the Ilorin Emirate during that speech, and I challenge anyone who has any evidence to the contrary to release such. It is instructive that the news item that was referenced by those who made the allegation never mentioned Ilorin Emirate or made any reference to the traditional
“It is safe to conclude, therefore, that those who tried to inject the Ilorin Emirate into the whole issue acted out of shameful desperation. This is not a surprise, considering that they are yet to recover from
the devastating defeat that they suffered in the by-election.
For the record, I hold the Ilorin Emirate, and indeed all our nation’s traditional institutions, in very high esteem, and will never do anything to bring them to disrepute. No candidate for any political
office in Kwara State will downplay the importance of the Ilorin Emirate, which is a father to all. Those who are grappling at straws, having realized that their hegemonic hold on Kwara State is coming to
an end, are the instigators of this lie from hell that the Berlin Wall of the Emirates has been broken.”