By Steve Oni, Ilorin
Associates and supporters of the Second Republic Senate Leader, Dr Olusola Saraki, yesterday stormed Ilorin, Kwara state for the 8th year memorial prayer organised in memory of the late politician.
A mammoth crowd of supporters and well wishers had earlier besieged Ilorin International Airport to welcome the immediate past Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, back home after a long break.
Yesterday’s homecoming was Saraki’s first visit to Ilorin since he left office as Senate President in June, 2019.
Shouts of “idera de”, (comfort has returned) rent the air as chorused by supporters of Saraki along Ilorin International Airport road and adjoining roads in the metropolis.
Passing through the popular Garin Alimi area, Sawmill road and other communities leading to the Emir’s palace became Herculean task as supporters of the former Senate President crowded the places.
The scene at the surrounding streets of Ilofa GRA, residence of the Saraki family was a beehive of activities, as crowds of supporters milled around to welcome their political leader back to the town.
The 8th year fidau prayer was held at the Sarakis’ Iloffa, GRA residence, Ilorin.
Other dignitaries present at the event included the minister of state for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Engr. Kola Shittu, former Acting national chairman of the PDP, Alh Abubakar Kawu Baraje and former speaker of the state House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad among others.
The Chief Imam of Ilorin, Sheikh Mohammed Bashir Solihu led the prayer session. He was supported by the Grand Mukadam of Ilorin, Sheikh Sulaiman Dan-Borno, Sheikh Saanu Sheu and Imam AbdulRazaq Aduagba.
The clerics, in their separate sermons, admonished parents to bequeath love, good moral and religious teachings to their children for them to benefit remembrance prayers from such responsible children.
Sheikh Bashir, said that late Saraki touched lives in all parts of the state and beyond through his philanthropic gestures, adding that the late politician lived an exemplary life being emulated by the children.
The clerics said that the Fidau prayer should be part of obligations of every responsible children to late parents, adding that it attracts reward from God because it is what God loves and commanded.
Chief Mukadam of Ilorin, Sheikh Suleiman Dan-Borno, particularly, expressed gladness over the presence of both Senators Bukola Saraki and Gbemisola Saraki, at the event.
“We hold it that with your togetherness, love and unity, people will not see the secret of Ilorin. Late Olusola Saraki planted goodness, peace, prosperity, in all parts of the state. And people benefitted therefrom. We are assured that Saraki is happy in his grave with what is happening among the children and the people he left behind”, he said.
Also, Imam AbdulRazaq Aduagba said that the people of Kwara are happy with the children of the late political icon, adding that, “Saraki is a symbol of love. ”
The cleric urged people to discourage bad publicity against Dr Bukola Saraki, saying that Allah has His ways of controlling affairs of life.
“We can all see the difference in what happened before and what’s happening now in the political situation of Kwara. Our people, should therefore, change their ways to love one another. Let’s forgive ourselves and accept God’s ways,” he admonished.