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Emir of Ilorin dismisses hunger protest video at his palace as misleading

Emir of Ilorin dismisses hunger protest video at his palace as misleading

The Emir of Ilọrin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, on Sunday dismissed a viral video of protesters who allegedly stormed his palace to protest the ongoing economic hardship in the country as misleading.

In the 26-second video, a large crowd was seen at the front of the Emir’s palace shouting “Ebi npalu” (there’s hunger in the community).

The video, which was widely circulated on many social media platforms, including WhatsApp groups on Saturday, attracted several comments from citizens and netizens.

Commenting on the viral clip, the emir, who is chairman of Kwara State Traditional Rulers Council, said the video “was part of the events witnessed during the build-up to the 2019 general elections in the state.”

He appealed for calm and advised the general public to disregard the video in circulation.

Sulu-Gambari, who spoke through his spokesman, Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona, said the call became necessary to avoid misrepresentation of the scenario vis-a-vis the location of the gathering as reflected in the video.

He pleaded with the people of Ilorin and Kwara State at large to remain peaceful and prayerful.

The statement read in part, “We want to state categorically that the said video was part of the events that characterised and witnessed during the build-up to the 2019 general elections.

“The video does not have any connection with the current situation in the country. Recall that on such occasions, the Emir always expresses his concern on the need to ensure that peace and harmony continue to prevail in society.

“At the height of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the emir expressed high level of concerns and joined governments at all levels in the campaign towards ensuring that the unfortunate situation was contained while he also played frontline roles in championing the pains and interests of the masses during the scarcity of naira which inflicted hardship nationwide with no exemption to anyone irrespective of social, political and economic status.”

On the current economic hardship, the Emir said he and his colleagues at the Kwara State Traditional Rulers Council are engaging government at all levels on the need to continue to improve on the welfare and security of the people of the state, commending the state government for being responsive to masses-oriented issues.

“We thereby appeal to the general public to disregard the video in order to avoid any misrepresentation of the scenario vis a vis the location of the gathering as reflected,” it added.



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Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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