Ilorin market youths organize football competition as Magaji Nda lauds organizers

The youths of various markets in the ancient city of Ilorin has organized a football competition at the Kwara state stadium complex in Ilorin, the state capital.
Gracing the occasion, the Magaji Nda of Ilorin, Alhaji Dr. Saliu Woru Mohammed who represented the Emir of Ilorin describes football as a veritable tool of forging good relationship among Nations, States and individuals, saying that the sport creates unity in diversity.
He said that, “Sporting activities, especially football is a veritable tool of forging good relationship among Nations ,States and individuals, the good thing about the sport is that, it doesn’t discriminate, it brings people together people of diverse religion, culture and other stratification ,it is a very essential in creating unity in diversity”.
Woru also lauded the youths for organizing the event and for making use of their youthful energy for progressive effort, saying that, “you’re a positive example to your fellow youths in the state and I commend you all.”

The competition, a first of its kind in the state was kicked off by the team from Oja Oba market slugging it out with Ipata Market and is billed to last for two weeks and according to the organizers, it is aimed at fostering harmonious relationship among market traders across the city and Kwara by extension.
Comrade Abdulkareem Dauda Tobalashe who is the youth leader of Oja Oba market and the organizer said,“ The essence of organizing the event is to foster harmonious relationship among market traders, we have contingents from Ipata, Oja Oba, Saw Mill, Agaka markets among others, we hope this will be an annual event that will bring all traders across the city together.
Babaloja general of Kwara state marketers association, Alhaji Abdullahi Sa’ad while hailing the organizers said the football competition will help to correct the negative narratives about the youth marketers as being rascals and louts to being seen as progressive minded people.
The head of the market said, “This will help to change the negative narratives and help to build the image of youths in the market away from the negative things that were normally being said about them, people will now she them as progressive minded people.”
The event was also attended by the Babaloja Oja Oba market, Alhaji Hassan Ayinla Agaka and his counterpart from Ita Amodu/Itakure Market, Alhaji Najimudeen Adeleke among others who came to witness the footballing spectacle.

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