Amidst Music, pomp and fanfare, the city of Ilorin holds its annual Grand Durbar at the ancient palace of the Emir of Ilorin, His Royal highness, Alhaji Dr. Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, Sunday.
The event which is annually held on the second day of Eid-el-Kabir (Ileya) creates an avenue for the convergence of the natives of the city and showcasing of the culture of the people to the world.
One of the notable items of the occasion which catches the fancy of all those that were present is the grand horse riding, as riders gallop with their stallions across the asphalt of the palace square.
In the build up to the occasion, in the morning ,the Emir of Ilorin along massive crowd in a rally procession across the city along some designated routes.
As the crowd who have gathered at the palace square await the return of the Emir to the palace, they were entertained by several local musicians and performers.
The occasion was graced by several dignitaries including the Kwara state Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Ex Minister and Kwara central PDP senatorial candidate, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi and his opponent from APC, Mallam Saliu Mustapha among others.
Others in attendance are, Kwara SDP governorship candidate, Hakeem Oladimeji Lawal, Mutawalli of Ilorin, Dr Alimi Abdulrazaq , Grand Mufty of Ilorin Emirate, Sheik Faruq Sulaiman Onikijipa and others who are numerous to mention.