By Ben Agande, Abuja.
President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday commiserated with the family and people of Kwara state on the death of former Majority Leader of the senate, Dr Olusola Saraki whom he described as “one of Nigeria’s most prominent leaders, medical practitioner and democrat”
A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati said, President Jonathan “extends sincere commiserations to the elder statesman’s family and the people of his home state, Kwara to whose service and upliftment he selflessly devoted his long and very successful career in politics”.
While urging his family and the people of Kwara state to be consoled by the knowledge that their departed father, leader and mentor lived a very successful and fulfilled life, President Jonathan said the late Dr. Saraki will be “long remembered and eulogized as a consummate politician, an astute grassroots mobiliser, and a political colossus with awe-inspiring powers of political organisation.
“The President has no doubts that this public-spirited politician will always occupy a place of honour in the hearts of his people, supporters, friends and associates across the nation.
“He believes that the ordinary people of Kwara in particular will always remember the “Oloye” with great affection because of the constant support they received from him.
“The President further notes that Dr. Saraki’s brand of people-oriented politics and his success in building on his strong support base to contribute positively to Nigeria’s political development as a powerful voice in the nation’s dominant political parties, as the Senate Majority Leader in the Second Republic, and as the ultimate reference point in the politics of Kwara state for decades, have assured him of a place amongst Nigeria’s heroes of democracy.
President Jonathan urges Nigerians to emulate Dr Saraki’s patriotic commitment to national unity, politics without bitterness as well as his magnificent spirit of philanthropy”.