Offa/Erin-ile crisis: Emir of llorin sues for peace

Emir of llorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari.
Emir of llorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari.

By AbdulFatai Beki

Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has appealed to the two warring communities of Offa and Erin-Ile in Kwara to sheathe their swords and embrace peace.

The royal father, who is the Chairman, Kwara Council of Chiefs, made the appeal in Ilorin on Friday in a statement by his spokesman AbdulAzeez Arowona.

Arowona quoted the Emir saying that he received the news of the renewed feud between Offa in Offa Local Government Area and Erin-Ile in Oyun Local Government Area of the state with disappointment and sadness.

“Kwara is known nationwide as the gateway between the northern and southern regions of the country, which makes it to be very important to Nigeria’s national unity and cohesion.

“It is high time the people of the two communities embraced each other as brothers and sisters and continue to live in peace and harmony.

“I, therefore, appeal to His Royal Majesty, the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II and His Royal Majesty, the Elerin of Erin-Ile, Oba Abdulganiyu Ajibola Olusookun II, to prevail on their subjects to sheathe their swords,” Sulu-Gambari said.

The traditional ruler commended Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq for taking proactive measures towards ensuring that law and order were maintained between the warring communities.

Recall that the state government had on Thursday imposed curfew from 6 p.m to 6 a.m on the two communities as part of measures to ensure orderliness.



  1. In 1967 when the country was originally divided into twelve states under General Yakubu Gowon government, the place now referred to as Kwara was named West Central State. It was the late Olusola Saraki who led a delegation to the general to seek a change in the name on the basis that the newly created state don’t want to have “West” as part of its name as “the West” was just getting out of the 1964-66 political upheaval that saw many houses burnt and many lives also lost leading the other two regions to label the then Western region “the wild west”.
    Although Saraki said that the place is part and parcel of the Western region, his argument was that being called West Central State could make outsiders believe that the then newly created state was also a wild place. Hence, the adoption of Kwara after six months of its creation.
    This is to correct the mistaken believe that Kwara is located between north and south. It’s to all intents and purposes part of the Western region.

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