Kwara House on 8-day recess as Saraki buried

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The Kwara House of Assembly on Wednesday adjourned sitting for eight days in honour of late Dr. Olusola Saraki, Second Republic Senate Leader, who died on Wednesday.

Saraki’s casket arrived Ilorin in a chartered flight Wednesday afternoon for burial.

The body was interred at his Ilofa, GRA residence in Ilorin at exactly 6:20 pm.

The corpse of the late politician arrived Ilorin International airport in an Overland airplane by 4.30pm amid a sea of heads that had thronged the airport to pay their last respect to the deceased. The Saraki family led by his wife, Florence, Senator Bukola, Senator Gbemisola and Olaolu had earlier arrived in a Rivers State aircraft.

The speaker of the house of representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal led the pack of members of the House of Representatives that attended the burial while the National PlanningMinister, Samsudeen Usman, led the federal government delegation, which included the Internal Affairs Minister, Comrade Abba Moro and the Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdulahi. 

Other dignitaries that attended the burial included Senator Andy Uba, former Gombe state governor, Senator Danjuma Goje, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, former acting National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, and his predecessor in office, Alhaji Haliru Bello Mohammed, Chief Jim Nwobodo, Dr. Wale Babalakin and Alhaji Kola Abiola.  

At the Eid praying ground, the chief imam of Ilorin, led the Janaza prayers at about 5.05pm.

The eid arena was filled to capacity as many supporters struggled to catch a glimpse of the corpse. It took several minutes before it was brought out of the ambulance..

Saraki’s casket arrives Ilorin for burial

The Speaker of the house, Rasaq Atunwa, announced the adjournment at the plenary session after announcing the demise of Saraki.

Atunwa, who ordered the suspension of all matters in the order paper for Wednesday, described the death of Saraki as “a rude shock.’’

The speaker, who shed tears during the session, directed members to observe two minutes silence in honour of the late politician and philanthropist.

Some of the legislators who paid tribute to the politician, described him as “political calculator and algebra,” in Kwara politics.

The member representing llorin East Constituency, Hajia Nimata Ibrahim, her counterpart for Ekiti Constituency, Mrs. Ebun Owolabi, wept on the floor of the house.

In their tribute, they described late Saraki as a father who contributed immensely to their career.
Other lawmakers, including Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) member, representing Ojomu Balogun Constituency, Tope Layonu, prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest.

The house later adjourned sitting to 22 November.

The assembly flag was lowered at half staff after the adjournment as a sign of respect for the late politician.


  1. Sunday

    ONLY 8DAYS??? This is small when you consider the fact the people of this state have been obedient slaves to the Saraki family for decades!

  2. madinat mustapha

    may his soul rest in perfect peace, may Allah grant him Janat Ameen and may Allah grant my mum too Mariam Ajoke Mustapha Agboge Agbaji

  3. lawee odua

    A reformed & modernized Unitary System of government will be the best for Nigeria. Waste (like state governors, house of reps, state houses of assembly etc) will be eliminated and Nigeria stays focused . Duplication in government encourages corruption as shown by the the current situation (in Nigeria)


    Their 365 days amount to nothing. Dispensing with 8 days would affect nothing. This shows how valuable they are. Suspending the business of governance for 8 days shows they can be closed down without any effect on the State. After all we just returned from the one man rule of the Military Administrators! They never had an Assembly, yet they ruled. I hope Kwarans would seize this golden opportunity to free themselves from their age-long clutches of the Sarakis.

  5. Evang Ola

    The bible say give honour to whom that deserve it.How I wish we should learn lesson from his death?Death is inevitable, who know the next person,examine your life,Jesus is coming soon or your death may come when you dont expect.

  6. Boboye

    They don’t have work before so what do they do to the man that hand picked most of them to go to the house

  7. Angela Nkus

    They should have made it 800 days. Clowns!!

  8. owolabi taiwo

    How many months will it take the good for nothing lawmakers to go on recess if the president should die.

  9. naubiko

    Jobless lawmakers…Why don’t they follow him to the grave then. Or suspend their payments for 8 days because saraki is dead.
    They get paid for eight days for mourning but civil servants are not given the same entitlement.

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