By Emeka Mamah & Demola Akinyemi
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and textile workers, yesterday, joined other Nigerians in mourning the former Senate leader and strongman of Kwara State politics, Dr. Olusola Saraki, describing him as a “politician of the heart.”
Atiku said late Saraki was an uncommon politician with forgiving spirit, adding that “with my 24 years relationship with Baba in politics, I have never heard Saraki saying I will pay you back for doing me bad.”
Makarfi said Saraki “lived a good and eventful life, and left for us legacies and lessons in selfless service and uncommon identification with the common man that would do us a world of good to learn from and imbibe.”
Textile workers said Saraki “truly served humanity in spirit and out of his abundant Almighty Allah-given knowledge and wealth.”
In their tribute, signed by the General Secretary, Issa Aremu, the textile workers described the former Waziri of Ilorin Emirate as “a pan-Nigerian politician.”
They said in a country where the political elite strive for what they could grab for self in terms of money, property and vain tittles, Saraki’s almost philanthropy was legendary.
Aremu quoted Saraki as having said “I will like to be remembered as that man who helped the sick get treated; the man who helped put a child in school; the man who helped that poor woman pick her life after losing so much in business or whatever.”