The Director General of Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Dr. Bakut Bakut has urged the Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Gambari to continue to sustain peace in Kwara state.
Dr. Bakut made this appeal on Tuesday during a courtesy call on the Emir. The IPCR held a strategic management retreat at Ilorin on Monday and Tuesday with the theme: “repositioning the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) for sustainable peace, security and national integration.”
The DG, who told the Emir that IPCR appreciates what he’s doing, added that the issue of insecurity is a thing of concern to the nation.
Dr. Bakut lauded the Emir’s role during the Wara-Oja conflict, urging him to continue to speak out as 2023 election is around the corner.
He said: “We want you to speak because 2023 is here again. We want you to speak to all the contestants, because Kwara is known to be peaceful.”
On his part, Professor Sani Lugga, Waziri Katsina, thanked the Emir for making it possible for them to see him.
He urged him to continue to promote peace in the state.
Prof. Lugga said: “Continue with what you have been doing to sustain peace, with the situation in the country, we need all the prayers and support to sustain peace in the country. This is the way the country can have peace.”
The Board Chairman of IPCR, Alex Ikor-Ukam, congratulated the Emir and his cabinet for the sustained peace in Kwara state, noting that because there is peace that is why IPCR could hold a retreat in the state.
He appeal to the Emir to continue to open his door for the IPCR.
Responding, the Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Gambari appreciated the IPCR for coming.
He decried that level of insecurity, noting that the amount of money to keep peace in the country today is enormous.
He appeal that traditional ruler should be given more functions, adding that they are not asking for legislative or judicial power.
Lamenting that government always look at them as the last resort when there is trouble, the Emir said that they can do a lot on the issue of peace, when given the required opportunity.
He, however, promised to reach out to others that IPCR sought their support.