Sultan to Visit Ekiti on Peace, Unity Advocacy
In furtherance to entrenching peace, unity and development advocacy in Nigeria, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar
III is set to visit Ayede Kingdom, Ekiti State, on occasion of the kingdom's founder's day.
The retired brigadier general of the Nigerian Army two-day visit to Ayede, will begin on Friday October 14 to Saturday October 15, 2016.
According to a statement signed by the Chairman, Planning, Publicity and Contacts Committee of the event, Prince Bashir Adefaka, the nation’s frontline traditional ruler will be visiting the kingdomin furtherance to his national peace, unity and development advocacy.
According to him, his host monarch, Attah and Paramount Ruler of Ayede Kingdom, Oba Alhaji Abdul-Mumini Adebayo Orisagbemi , described the Sultan’s visit to the kingdom as a watershed of a new era in the advocacy for peaceful co-existence and better understanding, religiously, politically and ethnically, among the diverse peoples of Nigeria.
Adefaka said the Sultan will be received by Attah Abdul-Mumini Orisagbemi assisted by the Deji of Akure Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, Senator Babafemi Ojudu and Alhaji S. O. Babalola among others.
He will then move from the airport to Akure Central Mosque for a special Jumat Service to be led by the Grand Chief Imam of Akure Land, Sheikh (Dr.) Abdul-Hakeem Yayi Akorede and later have a brief stopover at the Palace of Deji of Akure before moving on to Ayede, Ekiti State.
On the list to join in receiving and honouring the Sultan during the visit include the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (Guest Speaker), Governor of Oyo State, Senator Is-haq Abiola Ajimobi (Chairman), Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwwal (Keynote Speaker), Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose (Hosting Governor) and former Governor of Ekiti, Otunba Niyi Adebayo (Chief Host).
Others include the Emir of Zazzau Emirate of Zaria, Alhaji Shehu Idris (CFR), Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, the Iyaloja-General, Mrs Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, former Minister of Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Alhaji Sarafa Tunji Ishola, Deputy President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (South), Alhaji (Dr.) S. O. Babalola (OON), among others.