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Saraki died of cancer, says son  print

Published on November 14, 2012 by   ·   13 Comments

Olaolu, son of the Second Republic Senate Leader, Dr. Olusola Saraki, said in Lagos on Wednesday 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 newsmen at his father’s residence on Cameron Road, Ikoyi. He gave up the ghost at about 6 a.m.,” he said.

Olusola Saraki: died of cancer

Meanwhile, ACN leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu has described the late Saraki as a statesman of immense character.

“Saraki was a national hero to many of us in this country and had greatly contributed to the freedom and political emancipation of Nigerian democracy,” said Tinubu, who spoke with newsmen at the Saraki residence in Lagos.

“His death came as a shock but he has lived a very fulfilling life. His death is a loss to the country.”

Tinubu said that the country should learn Saraki’s political strategy and maturity.

“The ability to create a political platform that endures is part of his legacies. He understood the country’s political terrain so much and that made him contribute greatly to the evolution of democracy and sustenance of welfare programmes.

“We have lost a man of immense political strategy at the time Nigeria needs to promote and further our democratisation in a free and fair election that will elect true leaders.

In its reaction, the South West Chapter of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) described Saraki’s death as a tremendous loss to the nation and Kwara.

The South West Secretary of the CNPP, Mr. Austin Nnorom, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that “the late Saraki was a nationalist”.

“A vacuum has been created by his death,” he said.

Following his death,many Nigerians have been visiting his Lagos residence to pay their tributes. Early callers to the residence include his son, Senator Bukola Saraki,
Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas, Mohammed Dele Belgore (SAN) Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN governorship candidate in Kwara State in the 2011 election; Alhaji Lai Mohammed, ACN National Publicity Secretary and former Ekiti State governor, Chief Niyi Adebayo.

In his tribute, Belgore wrote in the condolence register: “Oloye was the father of Kwara politics and the history of Kwara will never be complete without the inclusion of his towering influence.

“His death is a great loss to Kwara State and Nigeria. May his soul rest in peace.”

Alhaji Lai Mohammed wrote: “A true colosus has passed on. A man who politically defined his era, a political strategist. May Allah receive you in Aljanah Fidau.”

Otunba Niyi Adebayo wrote: “Oloye, you bestrode the political landscape like a colosus. You are a great politician and a great Nigerian. You spawned a newbreed of politicians to carry on with your legacy. Nigeria will surely miss you. May your soul rest in perfect peace.”

Another early caller to the residence, Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas wrote: “My other father and mentor, rest in peace.”

In his own reaction, Lagos lawyer and activist, Wahab Shittu, said, “Olusola Saraki was a political colossus who used his entire life pursuing politics for the development of his people.

“His life was a story in politics and political engineering. He can never be forgotten in the political history of Nigeria, Kwara State in particular.”

Another lawyer, Barrister Ade Oyebanji said, “No doubt about it, Kwara State and Nigeria as a whole has lost an illustrious son.
“His exit has created a political vacuum in Kwara State that will be difficult to fill. May his soul rest in peace.”

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has described the late Dr. Olusola Saraki as a quintessential politician and father figure, who gave his all for the development of Nigeria.

The speaker’s message was issued by Malam Imam Imam, his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, in Abuja on Wednesday.

Tambuwal said Saraki earned his place as one of Nigeria’s most consistent advocates of democracy and would be best remembered for his pioneering role in the formation of leading political parties.

He said the effort led to the establishment of National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in the Second Republic as well as All Peoples Party, now ANPP.
Tambuwal said as the Senate Leader in the Second Republic, Saraki with his colleagues worked assiduously to entrench parliamentary democracy by putting national interest above personal and other parochial interests.

The speaker urged Nigerians to emulate Saraki’s virtues of dedication, humility and compassion for the ordinary folks.

Also, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu described the death of the former Senate Leader “as the exit of a people’s democrat”.
He said the late politician was a people-centred leader, who “lived for the people, politicked for the people and was totally and consistently committed to the people’’.

Ekweremadu said Saraki’s death was a great loss to the nation, considering that he distinguished himself as one of the most charismatic and vibrant Senate leaders in Nigeria.

He said Saraki would forever be remembered in Nigerian politics for “promoting the philosophy of people’s welfare as the crux of politics.’’
He condoled with the people of Kwara and Saraki’s family over the loss and urged members of the political class to emulate his brand of politics by positively impacting on the lives of the people.

Saraki died in Lagos at the age of 79 after a prolonged illness.

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13 Comments for “Saraki died of cancer, says son”

  1. OGBNEI NAIJA

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

  2. paul

    Nigerian YOUTH hear- The speaker urged Nigerians to emulate Saraki’s virtues of dedication, humility and compassion for the ordinary folks.

    Read TINUBU own above and this is a result of the youth foolishless voting for same criminals who praises themselves before us.

    SARAKI THE THEIF is been praise before us by the same criminals wonderful.

    One day when animal OBJ will die useless way people in this country will praise him as well.

    God Please keep SARAKI soul pepertually inside HELL FIRE because the people he stole their monies are still weeping.

    God Have no Mercy on his soul and his left generations born and unborn.

    God please Nigerians Hate OBJ, BUHARI, RIBADU, EL-RUFAI, TINUBU, BANKOLE, IYABO, ADAMS OSHEIMHOLE, UN-PATIENT GOODLUCK EBELE, so let their comes very soon than expected in one day

    • Mash

      Yes o Paul,
      this man and his family led some people to their early grave by stealing their deposits in SGBN.I am lucky to be alive as he stole from me and my wife.Nobody should emulate this criminal.He should go and meet those he sent to their early grave and they will deal with him very well.Good ridance.

  3. OGBENI NAIJA

    @PAUL,DONT BLAME HIM THEY ARE ALL THE SAME TEMP& TEMPEST.NIGERIA YOUTHS SHOULD EMULATE FRAUDSTAR & EMBEZZLER THAT DEFRAUDED UNSUSPECTING HARD WORKING NIGERIANS THROUGH HIS SOCIETE GENERALE BANK. I SAY THEY ARE ALL THIEVES AND WHEN I CALL THEM THIEVES SOME PEOPLE WILL BE ATTACKING ME AND MY COMENTS.SARAKI STOLE MY FATHER’S MONEY HE LODGED IN HIS BANK AND NOTHING HAPPENED TO HIM,INSTEAD THE FGN HANDED OVER ANOTHER BANK TO HIS CHILDREN TO DEFRAUD,FORTUNATELY I HAVE CLOSED MY ACCOUNT IN THAT BANK WHEN I HEARD THAT IT THE SAME SARAKIS THAT IS MANAGING THE BANK NOW.

  4. OGBENI NAIJA

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

  5. odika

    Sometimes I wonder what nigerians are up to.Many are clamouring 4 revolution while others want God to send us Jerry Rawlings.Rawlings method can never work in nigeria bc their will be massacre.4rm which tribe do you expect the rawling to emerge 4rm bc the igbo did that in 1966 but the whole north and soutwest turned against them.I think its the time for the yorubas to act.Dont sit on the fence,join the defence.

  6. MALLAM SHEHU

    “I HAVE COME TO BURY SARAKI AND NOT TO PRAISE HIM” “THE EVIL THAT MEN DO LIVE AFTER THEIR DEATH, SO LET IT BE WITH SARAKI”

  7. owolabi taiwo

    Baba Oloye you are an icon in our national political terrain. You prove to the whole nation and indeed Kwarans that you know what it takes to command the respect of your immediate constituency – Kwara.. You trade Kwara State your own way displaying a unique quality of a leader. You were not an angel so you are fallible.In your sojourn to torch people’s life you might have step on people’s toes or committed error may almighty Allah your creator forgive all your short coming and admit you to Al-jannah. If it is possible to preempt Allah then the length your life has made you to reap some of the good things you’ve sown and left when the ovation was loudest. May your Soul rest in the blossom of the righteous leaders.

  8. naubiko

    Good riddance to bad rubbish… This man likes lording it over people same he did when he died. Anyone remember societe Generale, that’s people’s livelihood and savings.May he burn in hell…Amen…

  9. michael

    this is lesson to all our leaders, make dem take der money buy death if dey can.

  10. Osaro

    Adieu
    The most Powerful Politician in Nigerian History.This man single handedly ruled Kwara for years,made sure the poor and afflicted got 50 naira weekly,brought down SOCIETE GENERALE BANK,had a hand in the ill fated Northern Bank and ruthlessly dealt with Erastus Akingbola and yet he died peacefully without an invitation to the EFCC head quarters.
    R.I.P The one and only Oleoye

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