By Emmanuel Aziken, Demola Akinyemi, Ilorin
The Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, yesterday, in Ilorin, extolled the virtues of the late Waziri of Ilorin, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, describing him as an honest and God-fearing leader. According to him, the death of Saraki was a personal loss to him. While paying condolence visit to the head of the family, Senator Bukola Saraki, the monarch recalled that the late elder statesman and himself usually sat together during meetings and functions that had to do with the North or the country.
The Emir, who was represented by the Makaman Zazzau, Alhaji Umar Mijinyawa and Kuyanbanan Zazzau, said whatever issue decided by Saraki and other leaders usually aome with good result. He also noted that the late Saraki lived a good life and he used his time to serve humanity.
In a related development, the Special Adviser to the President on Inter-Party Affairs, Senator Ben Obi, described Saraki’s death as effectively drawing to an end, the era of the old political brigade in the country.
Obi, who was a political associate of the late Senator Leader during the ill-fated third republic, said Saraki was truly a people’s man who was consistently trusted to mobilise his people and deliver votes for whatever party he belonged to.
“The nation has lost certainly a great political gladiator and in fact, it is the end of an effective old brigade political era. For many years, Dr. Saraki remained the only leader who could boast of delivering his state on time and without question, debate or argument.
“He was truly a people’s man and exhibited in unmistakable terms by the massive turnout of men, women and children whenver he visited his homeland. He was a flamboyant politician and at each point or our political dispensation, he remained an authority and a source of political inspiration by politicians across party lines.”