Late former Senate Leader, Dr. Olusola Saraki
By Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
Four Islamic clerics, Sheikh Sulaiman Danborono, Sheikh Sulaiman Farouq Onikijipa, Sheikh Habeebullahi Abdullahi El-Ilory and Sheikh Muideen Hussein, yesterday called on the immediate family of the late former Senate Leader, Dr. Olusola Saraki, to close ranks in order to protect the good legacies of the late political icon.
The clerics disclosed this yesterday, while delivering their sermons at the three-day Fidau prayer in honour of Saraki at the Ilorin Metropolitan Square, Ilorin.
According to them, “The late politician has lived unforgettable and fulfilled life that must be sustained by the family in order to ensure the unity and development of Saraki dynasty.”
They argued that it was imperative for the family not to allow enemies of the state to divide them, adding that the family should continue to be more united after the death of their father.
The clerics further noted that there was no doubt that the late politician added values to the socio-economic well being of the people of Kwara State and Nigerians in general, especially with his leadership qualities.
While urging Senator Bukola Saraki to ensure that the unity of the family was maintained, the clerics noted that if this was done, it would go a long way in moving the family forward.
The clerics also stressed that the political associates of the deceased should continue to offer advise that would move the family forward rather than embarking on anything that would hinder the peace and progress of the family.
On allegations that the late politician was buried with a coffin, the clerics said the story was untrue.
“One of the renowned Islamic scholars that partook during the Janazah prayer for the late politician, Sheikh Sulaiman Faruk Onikijipa, debunked the widely circulated rumour in Kwara State capital that late Dr. Olusola Saraki, was buried with a casket last Wednesday in his Ilorin GRA residence, described the rumour as unfounded.
“Sheikh Onikijipa partook in the last bath for the late politician’s corpse and subsequent burial alongside other clerics and late Saraki, a renowned Muslim was buried without the MIC casket that brought his corpse from Lagos to Ilorin,” they claimed.
In his remarks, Senator Bukola Saraki, assured the people of the state that the family would continue from where his late father left in the spheres of philanthropy and people-oriented politics.
He also pledged that the people would not suffer after the death of his father.
Saraki, who is currently representing Kwara Central senatorial district at the National Assembly, said his late father regarded poor masses of the state as Very Important Personality (VIP) during his life time, added that they would continued to be taken as members of the family.
He commended the steadfastness and support of the people to the political ideals which his father stood for, especially in women, calling for their continued support and loyalty, towards taking the state to greater height.
The event was attended by former president Olusegun Obasanjo, Vice-President Namadi Sambo; governors of Niger, Edo, Kebbi, Benue, Kogi, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi; National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; members of the National Assembly and state assemblies in the country.