A sociopolitical group under the aegis of Kwara AA Egalitarian Youth has organized a football tournament for political zones under Badari Ward in Ilorin. The competition is powered in commemoration of the Late Sani Lawal popularly addressed as the Cicero of Ilorin.
According to Chairman Planning Committee, Hon. Ibrahim Kale Jimoh, the competition was flagged off on the 2nd of July, 2022 at ECWA School, Oja-Iya, Ilorin in a bid to promote the immeasurable contribution and dedication of the late Sani Lawal toward sports and human development in Ilorin, Kwara State.
It is important to note the final encounter played out between Oja-Iya Oke (the Late Cicero Zone) and Oke Bada Isale. In the end, the latter won the match with three points penalty to pick up the trophy.
The event was attended by the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq. The governor in his address, commended the organizer for find the late Cicero of Ilorin Emirates worthy of remembrance and giving a befitting football tournament, saying the Kwara state government is committed to promoting athletes and providing a platform for young people to showcase their talents.
Dignitaries at the event are the 9th Leader, Kwara State House Assembly, Hon. Abubakar Olawoyin Magaji; Chairman, Kwara State Sports Commission, Hon. Bolakale Magaji; Chairman, Young Abdul Express, Mall. Ibrahim Abdullahi; CEO, Mr. TECH Communications, Hon. Adebayo Garuba Muritala; Sulu-Mejindadi Developments Association ably led by Mall. Saliu Mohammed Lawal; Chairman, Magaji Ngeri Constituency Development Association, Alhaji Suleiman Baba Alao;The State Coordinator of Solidarity for good governance, Hon. Wahab Temidire; former assembly aspirant, Magaji Ngeri Constituency, Hon. Lawal Monsurat Abimbola; APC Badari Ward Excos, Members Badari Ward Community.
Other notable individuals are Alhaji Muhammed Aluko Ameen; Chairman, Herald Newspaper, Alhaji Tunde Bamidele Aluko, and the State Coordinator, AA Political Titan, Comrade Abdulmajeed Abdulfatai Arikewuyo.
The youth group, however, commended His Excellency, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and dignitaries who find time to make the event colorful, adding that the subsequent edition will be laudable and more encompassing.