The Imperial ruler of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, is a king who takes the affairs of his people very seriously and the monarch takes it even more serious, especially when the subject in question is an illustrious son of Lagos like Alhaji Rasaq Aremu Gawat, NTA Moslem programme presenter who has gone missing since 10th of July. It is no longer news that His Majesty is “surprised and disheartened” over the matter and if our source got it spot-on, the royal father may very well proceed on hunger strike.
The source, who is close to the Olowo Eko, as the king is fondly called by his subjects (meaning the custodian of wealth of Lagos) who only recently returned from a trip abroad, told SP that His Majesty has said that the Idel Fitri celebration, marking the end of the fasting period of Ramadan cannot be the same unless the Missing Gawat is found. The source disclosed that the king has not been happy and has been working tirelessly behind the scene to make sure the man is found and reunited with his family.
Alhaji Gawat runs a programme on NTA 10 Edide Eji Sari especially during the Ramadhan period with a segment of the programme consisting of a quiz session where callers are rewarded with cash and handsome gifts. He is a very popular figure among the Moslems who benefit immensely during the Holy month and it is said that the presenter holds the royal father in a very high esteem as he heaps praises upon praises on the monarch at every turn during the course of the programme.
“I will not be surprised if this year’s Idel Fitri celebration is not what it used to be. Before, by this time you would have seen tell-tale signs in the palace that a special festival is coming up but the king has decided to keep this low-key because of the disappearance of Alhaji Gawat” the source added.