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Nigeria’s political godfather, Olusola Saraki Dies  print

Published on November 14, 2012 by   ·   33 Comments

Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, father of the former governor of Kwara state and a political titan in Nigeria, is dead.

He died in Lagos today. He was aged 79.

He was born on the 17th of May, 1933 at Ilorin, Kwara State.His mother was from Iseyin in Oyo State and his father was from Ilorin. His paternal ancestors were Fulanis who came from Mali about 150 to 200 years earlier. He was educated at Eko Boys High School and attended the University of London, and St George’s Hospital Medical School, London. He worked as a medical officer at the General Hospital, Lagos and the Creek Hospital, Lagos.

He first entered politics when he ran in the 1964 parliamentary election for Ilorin as an independent, but failed to win.

After the election, he returned to his medical practice in Lagos, only returning to party-politics in 1978/79.

Saraki played a prominent role in Nigeria’s Second Republic politics and until his recent ill-health, was an influential factor in the new democracy that began in 1999.

In 1979, he contended for the presidential slot of the National Party of Nigeria and when he could not clinch it, he emerged the Senator representing Kwara Central.

He was appointed the Senate Leader, a position that he used to build bridges of understanding with the vibrant opposition Unity Party of Nigeria and the Great Nigeria Peoples party.

Olusola Saraki: A political godfather dies

His biggest influence was felt more in Kwara state, where he had been a constant determiner of who should be the governor of the state.

In 1979, he singlehandedly installed the state’s first governor, Adamu Attah.

When both men fell out, he played a decisive role in ensuring victory in 1983 for Cornelius Adebayo, the candidate of the Unity Party of Nigeria.

History repeated itself in 1999, when Saraki also believably installed another governor, Muhammed Lawal. Both belonged to the All Nigeria People’s Party, of which Saraki was a member of the Board of Trustees and a National Leader.

His influence also extended to Kogi state, as his party also won the election there.

History however repeated itself in Kwara politics in 2003, as Saraki, just like in 1983 fell out with his godson, Lawal.

Saraki thereafter demonstrated that he was the supremo of the Kwara political turf as he staged a double political act. He installed his son, Bukola Saraki as the governor of the state and his daughter, Gbemisola as a senator, under a new political platform, the Peoples Democratic Party. Bukola became governor of the state and won a second term in 2007.

History did not favour the old man the third time in 2011, when his attempt to instal Gbemisola as Bukola’s successor failed abysmally, having had to contend with the strong opposition of his son who had a different agenda.

Gbemi in the three horse race in the state, came a distant third to the incumbent governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed and Belgore of the Action Congress of Nigeria.

Saraki largely recorded successes in politics, but he had sour experiences with his romance with banking. As the promoter of Societe Generale Bank in Nigeria, Saraki first of all had to wrestle legally for control with a long friend, Kotoye. He got the bank bank but in 2003, the bank of which he was chairman was investigated by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency for alleged money laundering.

Later, SGBN was investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under Nuhu Ribadu, and its license was suspended.

The license was restored last year, but till now, the bank has not restarted business.

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33 Comments for “Nigeria’s political godfather, Olusola Saraki Dies”

  1. joseph

    Finally, we thought he would live forever.
    Minus one from the problem of this great country. Nigeria is getting better

    • paul

      This is just a state enemy but the country enemy number is coward OBJ.

      He will die like a fool he is, useless bastard

  2. Ibrahim

    We have lost a great leader.

  3. famo

    hahahaha one of their problem in kwara state reduce by one

  4. this life is vanity upon vanity, firstly INA LILAHI WAHINA ILAI RAJIUNA to saraki, when Lam Adesina died last sunday that suppose to so all our looters how vain this life is, because i read Lam’s story that through out his life he only had one house compared to any other politician and left without taking anything along, Now saraki, can some one tell me, may be saraki will carry any of his billions of naira when his about to be buried? and every soul will taste death no matter how highly rich, death will surely come one day. let’s wait and see, may be saraki will be buried with one thousand naira on the day he will be buried.

  5. May his soul rest in peace.
    Hope the depositors of Societe General Bank can be repaid their deposits from his estate.

  6. Live a good life so you can die and meet your God without regrets.
    Make hay while the sun shines. Use the internet to better your life and establish a home based business on the internet.

    That way you will not depend on the likes of Olushola Saraki and his children for your daily bread.

    Several years after they ran SGBN aground, they are still living large while the depositors are counting their losses; many of them are already dead. Sola will go there to meet with them and only God knows the kind of reception they will give to him on arrival.

    May his soul rest in peace.

  7. ABDOUL

    alhamdulilah, GOD has been so merciful to the good people of KWARA STATE that the first and only enemy of KWARA INDIGENS is gone, GOD we thank you for liberating US from the claws of the enemy of the state,

    As a muslim INALILAH WAINALILAHI RAJIUNA,

  8. Ayodeji

    Glory be to God Almighty, the road to kwaran freedom is open. Let this be a lesson we shall all taste death one day. AYODEJI

  9. matthew

    Vanity upon vanity. all is vanity. may his soul rest in
    Perfect peace.

  10. Amos524

    Fading away like the star in the morning. We’ll only be remembered by what we have done – good or evil. Condolences to the Sarakis.

  11. Ayodeji

    Mo ba yin yoo oo gbo gbo eyin Omo kwara. Politics ilu yin a tu yi laara leyin iku ogbeni olushola saraki

  12. Opeymi{OPEX}

    INALILLAHI WAINA ILLAHI RAJIUNA @ last saraki has gone let this b a lesson for me and u dat 1 day wl b our day and we wl go there without take anything go xo ly5 is vernity.

  13. ola

    If u tink u are too strong for us to handle,Baba God is smatter than u,oju ti owo baba saraki,dead fools

  14. naubiko

    good riddance!!! ….

  15. Areafather

    Erin woo! (The elephant has fallen)

  16. RIP. Dont talk evil of d dead.

  17. Ghaffari Shoetan

    May Almighty Allah grant him Aljanat Firidosi. Amen.

  18. otunba sege

    i didnt know death is no respecter of any person,tin gods this is a warning

  19. KWARA BOY

    WELL DEATH IS INEVITABLE WE SHALL ALL GO ONE DAY SARAKI IS COME AND GONE PLEASE LET GOD JUDGE DONT JUDGE ANYBODY FOR YOU NOT TO BE JUDGE OLOYE MAY GOD PLACE YOU IN UR DESERVE POSITION SHIKENA

  20. akin omo akin

    RIP BABA SARAKI.

  21. OMO KWARA NI MI

    ATLAST ! ! !
    All our selfish leaders should get prepared for thier death….
    Saraki…….no more allocation from LGs found !
    Saraki……. where are u tday?
    Saraki……..no more
    …………………………………life is nothing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. BenTai

    A great man has gone, showing the vanity of this life. I can boldly say you are an achiever, RIP oloyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

  23. BenTai

    Such is life

  24. bobo

    “INALILLAHI WAINA ILLAHI RAJIUNA” may Allah be with his family and grant him Aljanah Fridaoze

  25. Kamardeen IBRAHIM

    May Allah be pleased with his soul. Baba lived a worthy and fulfilled live. INALINLLAHI WAI NAILLAHI RAJIUNA. UP OLOYEEEEEE,.

  26. FEYI

    WAT EVA WE DO HERE ON EARTH IS WAT GOD WIL COUNT FOR US.LIVE RIGHT AND LIVE WELL.IS ONLY ONE LIFE PLS

  27. omo

    HOW MUCH DID THIS MONKEY TAKE WITH HIM TO HELL?
    SAY HELLO TO ABACHA IN HELL.
    GREEDY ASS MONKEY

  28. STONER BABA

    Hmmm….Hmmm! saraki baba oloye, he came, he saw & he conquered. may your soul rest in peace, we cannot gain anything by wishing you bad in death. as you make your way to the underworld, always beat your chest that you are a conqueror. RIP

  29. OGBENI NAIJA

    NIGERIA POLITICAL GODFATHER INDEED ,WHO MADE HIM THAT.

    AJIDEWE,GBETUGBETU,GBEKUDE,TIRA,HANTU,MARABOUTS,IMAMS ETC COULD NOT STOP HIS DEATH.GOD IS GREATER THAN MEN

  30. OGBENI NAIJA

    2.5million Nigerians living with undiagnosed diabetes (PM NEWSPAPER) AND WHEN ONE THIEF DIES THEY WILL BE EULOGIZING THE THIEF.

  31. Hehe…dis life sha…oga o….o da kama se dada(Let’s be nice to people)

  32. OGBENI NAIJA

    @KWARA BOY JUST THE WAY ALABI LAWAL & KAREEM ADISA HAS GONE. AKUTUNKU LONA ORUN APADI

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