Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, Tuesday said the political history of Nigeria will not be complete without the name of the late former Senate Leader, Dr. Olusola Saraki, being mentioned.
Amaechi disclosed this in Ilorin, while paying a condolence visit to the eldest son of the late politician, Senator Bukola Saraki, at his country home, Ilofa GRA, Ilorin.
According to him, “the late politician used his political experience to ensure the growth of nation’s democracy to the extent that both young and old politicians would forever remember him.”
Amaechi added that, the late Saraki has lived a fulfilled life that worth of emulation capable of moving the nation forward.
The chairman’s condolence visit also coincided with the visit of the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Udughan, the National Chairman of ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, saying, “the late Saraki was one of the best Senate Leader the country has ever had.”
In his remarks, Uduaghan described the late politician as “one of the greatest crowd puller,” Nigeria has ever produced.
The governor, who recalled his days in Kwara where he served his one year compulsory National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) said, “at that time, when he came from Iludun-Oro, his primary posting station on Fridays, he used to see many people trooped into the Ilofa country home of the deceased whenever Baba is around.”
He said: “Since then, I knew him as a crowd puller and benevolent man that the people love to meet.
“No politician in Nigeria has matched late Dr. Olusola Saraki. He has lived a fulfilled life, did a lot for us and has imparted great things for the people of the country. Baba has served Nigeria well and I pray to God to grant him eternal rest.”
Also extolling the late politician’s sterling leadership and benevolence, Tukur said Nigeria had lost a great gem, stating that the deceased had used his political experience and wealth to move the nation forward.
Tukur who said the deceased was a blossom friend and political associate for many years, said Nigeria will surely miss him.
The chairman therefore prayed to God to grant the deceased rest.
Responding, the eldest son of the late political icon, Senator Bukola Saraki, thanked the visitors for showing their grief with him over his father’s death.
He also prayed that, Allah will grant the deceased eternal rest.