By NDUBUISI ORJI
First son of the late Dr. Olusola Saraki and two-term governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki yesterday said the family was proud of the achievements of their patriarch who died yesterday. Saraki was the leader of the Senate in the second republic and foremost political leader in Kwara State.
The former governor, who spoke to journalists at the family residence in Ikoyi, Lagos shortly before the remains of the deceased strongman of Kwara politics was moved to Kwara State, said his father lived a great life and left behind many legacies.
He said they would look at his achievements rather than the things he was not able to do.
While praying that Allah would grant the departed former Senate leader eternal rest, Bukola who currently represents Kwara Central in the Senate said the family took solace “in knowing that our father lived an exemplary life of service and selfless devotion to development of his people and nation.”
He added that “We give praise to Almighty Allah who has life. He lived a great life, left many legacies. We’re proud of what he achieved in his lifetime and all of us his children thank Almighty God for his life. “He touched many lives and we are proud of what he has been able to do. May Almighty Allah grant him Al-Jannah Firdaus. “Let’s look at what he fulfilled rather than what he did not,” he said.
… He died of cancer –Son
Olaolu, son of the Senate Republic Senate leader, Dr. Olusola Saraki, said in Lagos yesterday that his father died of cancer. “He has been battling cancer for about five years. He was fine this morning. He was comfortable and even said his prayers. “He died in the presence of one of my brothers, my mother and my two sisters,” Olaolu told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at his father’s residence on Cameron Road, Ikoyi. “He gave up the ghost at about 6 a.m.,” he said.
‘How Oloye made final homeward journey’
By NDUBUISI ORJI
Cameron Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State witnessed an unusual influx of visitors yesterday. Both sides of the road were taken over by cars of the many sympathizers who thronged House Number 42 to commiserate with the family of former Senate leader, Chief Abubakar Olusola Saraki, who died in the early hours of yesterday.
The residents of the area were not oblivious of the loss that befell the Saraki family and the nation at large. All a stranger to the area, who do not know the residence of the Sarakis needed do was to mention Saraki and he will get response like “ha that man who died today” and he will be immediately directed to the residence.
In House Number 42, residence of Saraki’s daughter, Senator Gbemisola Saraki where the strongman of Kwara politics breathed his last, the mood was very pensive. Many of the family members led by the first son of the deceased and former governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki and his sister, Gbemisola were on hand to receive the sympathizers.
As was the practice during the period of mourning, the family opened a condolence register to enable the sympathizers scribble their condolences. Journalists from different media houses were also at the residence to get the views of the family members and that of those who came to condole with the family. At about 2.03 pm, the casket to convey the remains of Baba Oloye, as the Waziri of Ilorin was called moved into the main building.
The remains of the deceased werelater carried out of the house at about 2.22pm, amidst ululations by family members. As soon as the casket bearing the remains of Oloye was being carried, some sympathizers burst into tears while photo journalists and camera men jostled for vantage position to take pictures and footage of the casket.
The casket was immediately moved into a wine coloured hearse owned by MIC, an under taker company. Five minutes later , the hearse left the for the Muritala Mohammed Airport for the onward journey to Kwara State, the home state of the departed political leader. The hearse left the premises at about 2.27pm accompanied by a convoy of cars .
The convoy was led by the Mercedes benz car carrying Bukola and the widow of the late Senate leader, led while a Sports Utility Car(SUV) carrying a sobbing Gbemisola followed closely, bus carrying other family members followed before other cars