The Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has pledged to support the Council on National Islamic Vacation Course (IVC) in hosting over 4, 000 delegates in Ilorin.
This was revealed in a statement signed by Malam Mustafa Abubakar, the Chairman, Publicity Sub-Committee and Local Organising Committee of IVC.
The first class traditional ruler made the promise while receiving the Council and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) members of the event, comprising all the 19 Northern states and FCT Abuja.
He stated that the council was inaugurated by the Emir to oversee the affairs of hosting a befitting programme, which is the first National Islamic Vacation Course to be held in the state.
Sulu-Gambari commended and prayed for all those that contributed to the successes recorded on the commencement of the programme.
He urged residents, especially Muslim philanthropists to support them, adding that assisting towards the Islamic programme is a gateway to Muslim’s eternal bliss.
“Their reward will be with Almighty Allah,” he said.
Earlier, Justice Idris Haroon, the Chairman of the council, said they were in the Palace to brief the Emir on the assignment given to them Council and LOC on the successful hosting of the programme.
Haroon, a retired Grand Khadi of Kwara, explained that arrangements have been concluded to provide accommodation and feeding for the over 4,000 expected delegatee.
According to him, male participants will be accommodated at the Federal Government College, Ilorin, while female participants will be at Queen Elizabeth School, Ilorin, where they will have their tutorials during the week-long programme.
He commended the Emir and some dedicated Muslim philanthropists in the state who have donated to the hosting of the programme.
Also speaking, Prof. Badmas Yusuf, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, disclosed that the Islamic Vacation Course would begin in Ilorin on Dec. 22 and end on Dec. 28.
He explained further that the formal opening ceremony of the IVC would be performed by the Sultan of Sokoto on Dec. 24.
Yusuf assured the Emir that security agencies were working in concert with the council to provide maximum security throughout the training.
The IVC is an annual programme for Muslim students on skill acquisition, and sound spiritual and moral education to be good future leaders.