Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III is expected in Ayede Kingdom, Ekiti State, to grace the kingdom’s founder’s day slated for Saturday October 15.
The host monarch and Attah Ayede Kingdom, Oba Alhaji Abdul-Mumini Adebayo Orisagbemi said the 2016 Ayede Kingdom Founder’s Day was meant to honour Nigeria’s most influential traditional and religious leader.
A statement signed by the Chairman, Planning, Publicity and Contacts Committee of the event, Prince Bashir Adefaka, said Sultan would be embarking on the first-of-its-kind trip to the kingdom in furtherance to his national peace, unity and development advocacy.
Oba Orisagbemi said the Sultan’s visit to the kingdom would serve as the beginning of a new era in the advocacy for peaceful co-existence and better understanding among the diverse peoples of Nigeria.
The statement said the Sultan, who will arrive via Akure Airport on Friday October 14, would 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.
On the list to join in receiving and honouring the Sultan during the visit include the Governor 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 State, Otunba Niyi Adebayo (Chief Host).
Others include the Emir of Zazzau Emirate, 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.