Following the demise of the political godfather of Kwara State, some Second Republic politicians, who served with the Waziri of Ilorin, Dr Olusola Saraki have said he would be sorely missed because he was irreplaceable.
Second Republic Senator, David Dafinone, in a condolence message to the Saraki family yesterday, described the politician’s death as painful, especially at a time when Nigeria was in a state of flux.
Dafinone lauded Saraki’s great concern for the unity of Nigeria and the growth of democracy. “Dr. Saraki as a medical doctor, international businessman, philanthropist and politician gained the respect, trust and love of the entire country and he will be greatly missed,” he said.
Alhaji Lawal Kaita, who said he was deeply hurt and bereaved because Saraki “was a very excellent person and a good friend of mine,” added that late political icon would be greatly missed. “He was a balanced person, a philanthropist and a sound politician, who we should all learn from.”
Speaking in like manner, Second Republic Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande said: “Sakari’s death is a great loss to the nation, Yoruba people and Kwara people. The whole country will miss him. He was very courageous, dutiful and patriotic. We can learn from his achievements in our politics.”
Also Second Republic Senator, Obi Nosike Ikpo, who was shocked when the news of Saraki’s death was broken to him, exclaimed: “Oh no! Oh no!! What? Where did he die in London or his town, where? It is unfortunate; that is a tragedy. He was a good friend of mine, a fine gentleman with a golden heart.
“He was a great Nigerian, a colleague of mine. He distinguished himself as a leader of the Senate, carried everybody along including the opposition. He helped Shagari to succeed in the Senate.”
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Chris Anyanwu says the death of Saraki has robbed the country of one of her finest political strategists.
Anyanwu, who covered the Second Republic Senate for the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, noted how the late Saraki as Senate Leader harmonised political differences in the chamber for the good of the country.
Senator Smart Adeyemi in his own words described the demise of Saraki as a big loss for the masses saying that the late Senate Leader through his acts of goodwill established himself in the hearts of the people.
Noting his passion for the poor, Senator Adeyemi, PDP, Kogi West said: “The way he attended to people, his passion for the poor affected me and it made me to make up my mind to join politics.
“As a journalist, I once asked him how to succeed as a politician and he told me I must help the poor, the women and the youth. He said that when you help the poor, they write your matter in their hearts.”
Femi Fani-Kayode also paid tribute to the late politician saying he put smiles on many faces.
“I have just been informed about the passing on of Dr. Olusola Saraki and I am in deep shock. This news saddens me immensely. He was one of the greatest, kindest, most compassionate, most generous and most selfless leaders that we have ever had in this country. His power and influence stretched from the Second Republic when he was the Leader of the Senate on the platform of the NPN up until today.
He was my late father’s close and loyal friend and he was like a father to me and so many others. This is not a good time for him to go because Nigeria needs him now more than ever and we shall all miss him dearly. My heart goes out to the Saraki family.
On her part, Senator Joy Emodi said: “I was with him in the National Constitutional Conference in 1994 and he was chairman of the Business Committee and I remember him encouraging me, he helped me to build up my confidence in the political arena. He was my leader and I will ever remain grateful to him.
Governor of the State of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, described the death of Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki as unfortunate and sad.
In a statement issued by the Director of Communications and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, Aregbesola said the death of Dr. Saraki is a big loss to the nation.
The governor said Dr. Saraki’s experience, knowledge, versatility and ingenuity in the art and dynamics of lawmaking and politics in general would be missed greatly.
The death of Dr Olusola Saraki has robbed Nigeria of an astute politician and elder statesman who was consistent in seeking and working for a better deal for his people and the country, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, former Governor of Ogun State, has said.
The former governor in a statement by his Media Assistant, Adegbenro Adebanjo, said Saraki belonged to the second generation of Nigerian nationalists who worked to keep Nigeria as a united country.
Also the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Vice Chairman (South-west), Chief Segun Oni said the late strongman of Kwara politics was an outstanding professional, grassroots man and leader.
Oni, who reacted to Saraki’s death through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Lere Olayinka said Kwara State people, Nigerians and in particular, the PDP will miss him so dearly.
To Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, Saraki’s exit was a national loss to the country.
The deputy speaker in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Oke Epia, said Chief Saraki’s death at this time in the country’s drive towards consolidation of democracy is painful as the polity will miss his invaluable contributions in moving the nation forward.
He described the late Saraki as a nationalist, a compassionate personality, and a celebrated achiever whose life and times were largely dedicated to the improvement of the lives and living conditions of the poor .
In a condolence message to the scion of the family, Dr (Senator) Bukola Saraki, Governor Adams Oshiomhole said: “I received with shock news of the passing of your beloved father and patriarch of the Saraki family, distinguished Senator Abubakar Olusola Saraki. I wish to convey to you the deepest condolence of the people and Government of Edo State as well as my personal commiseration.
The death of distinguished Senator Abukakar Saraki at this time is no doubt a loss not only to the family but to the whole nation as the late former Senator Leader was a bridge builder who played politics of development and not politics of division.
While he will be sorely missed by the political class, the masses who regard him as their friend will miss him even more.
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun yesterday expressed shock over the death of Second Republic Senate Leader, Dr Olusola Saraki.
Governor Amosun, who condoled with the Nigerian Senate, government and people of Kwara State on the demise of the former federal legislator, described the exit of Dr Saraki as lamentable because it came “at this period of constitutional amendment process, when his wealth of experience would have been very useful.”
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has described the death of the erudite politician, as “the end of an era of one of Nigeria’s political legends.”
Fayemi in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, said Saraki bestrode the political terrain of Kwara State and the North Central like a colossus during his lifetime. He lamented that Saraki’s death came at a time when the polity was yet to recover from the shock of the demise of former Oyo State Governor, Alhaji Lam Adesina, who died on Sunday.
Actress Osas Ighodaro Celebrates Her 30th Birthday With Emotional Post
Nigerian actress, Osas Ighodaro penned an emotional note via Instagram as she clocked 30-years-old on Monday.
To mark her birthday, the single mother of one posted a monochrome photo of herself as she wished for people to continue praying for those who lost their lives during these turbulent period.
“Thank God for another year. Happy Birthday to me. If you know me, you know I absolutely love birthdays but this year it certainly hits different. I’m overwhelming grateful for life and thankful to God to be able to see another birthday bc unfortunately many haven’t and won’t have that opportunity.
I am hopeful for better days for myself, those that I love and hold dear and most certainly for my country Nigeria. I pray for unity, peace, harmony and togetherness. We all deserve it.
My birthday wish is to please continue to pray for those innocent lives lost. Please remain hopeful and focused because I truly believe better days are soon ahead by God’s grace.
Peace, Love and Blessings.”
See her post below:
Exotic Resorts May Be the Best Bet for a Holiday
An exotic vacation usually means exploring a distant foreign country, whilst resorts are places
to go for rest, sport, or which offers a particular speciality, with many resorts being part of a
popular tourist destination or on or near a beach. If you are planning a vacation to an exotic
resort it can be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to a far-flung destination or a luxurious place to
stay closer to home where you can enjoy some pampering.
Why stay at an exotic resort
Exotic resorts often offer all-inclusive vacation deals, along with other options that leave you
to plan your stay more precisely to your own wishes. These resorts offer excellent customer
service, superb accommodation and facilities and are usually to be found in beautiful settings.
Here are some of the best resorts from around the world for you to consider:
Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles
This famous resort has made many feel they have entered Paradise. The gentle ocean breeze
floats up the granite hillside and into your tree-house villa tucked away from the other guests
staying at the resort. This is perfect for encouraging you to relax, either by your private pool
or in the clear blue waters of Petite Anse Bay. Perfect for a romantic stay, there is a Spa for
pampering and the chance for a sunset meal on a deserted beach.
Some enjoy simply sitting on their balcony, gazing at the ocean between reading their book,
sketching or checking out international bookmakers and betting sites for the chance of a
flutter. If you want another type of adrenaline kick, check out the resorts excellent kayaking
and snorkelling facilities, which are recommended by nearly all who try it.
Anantara Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand
The ultimate tropical getaway, the Anantara Resort is an award-winning site modelled on a
traditional Thai village and is just three hours drive south of Bangkok. The location is where
Thai royalty and aristocrats have been holidaying for almost one-hundred years. Today, you
can visit historical attractions alongside theme parks and shops as well as vineyards and golf
The resort is set among 14 acres of lush tropical grounds with lotus-filled lagoons and
meandering pathways through exotic foliage, with many rooms overlooking the shoreline.
Each day, chefs prepare freshly caught local seafood alongside Thai specialities. The resort
also has an award-winning spa located within a lagoon-inspired oasis offering you the perfect
opportunity to relax.
Kurumba is a well-established resort that opened almost 50 years ago and continues to offer
superb hospitality and contemporary facilities. There are seven speciality restaurants offering
cuisine from Italy to the Middle East as well as Thila, a restaurant which extends out over the
water which offers gourmet breakfasts and seafood dinners.
You can go snorkelling over the nearby reef full of colourful marine life or sign up to a dive
package as part of your stay, or just enjoy a private pool when staying at one of the spacious
villages. There are also deluxe beachfront bungalows offering direct beach access and views
of the crystal-clear waters.
Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.
Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.
Coca-Cola is excited that over 400,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured to support the intervention efforts of the Nigerian Government and other key stakeholders to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have arrived. We do believe that this will to provide succor to our healthcare workers on the frontlines
These PPEs comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.
Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.
This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.
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