Aged women flock to Saraki home for gifts

The Punch - - NEWS EXTRA - Tunde Oyekola

De­spite thurs­day’s de­mo­li­tion of a build­ing be­long­ing to the saraki fam­ily in ilofa, GRA, ilorin, aged women still con­verge on the place.

Ile Arugbo (house for old per­sons) was de­mol­ished af­ter the state gov­ern­ment re­voked the ti­tle of the prop­erty.

Our cor­re­spon­dent, who vis­ited the place on satur­day af­ter­noon, saw some old women and young men around the coun­try home of the late Dr Olusola saraki op­po­site the prop­erty which has been the sub­ject of dis­pute be­tween the Kwara state Gov­ern­ment and the saraki fam­ily.

it was ob­served that some po­lice­men were sta­tioned to keep watch on the land and main­tain the peace in the area.

Our cor­re­spon­dent learnt that sup­port­ers of ex-se­nate pres­i­dent, Dr Bukola saraki, had made it a daily rou­tine to re­port as early as 7am in the area to re­ceive money, food­stuffs and other gifts from him.

it was learnt that old women in their hun­dreds had con­tin­ued their show their sup­port for saraki, singing his praises.

the man, who su­per­vised the dis­tri­bu­tion of gifts to the women on Fri­day iden­ti­fied as Rasaq Aladie, said saraki had al­ways pro­vided enough for the women whether he was in ilorin or not.

the women on thurs­day moved from the sarakis res­i­dence to the palace of the emir of ilorin to protest the de­mo­li­tion of Ile Arugbo.

the women, who were led by the peo­ples Demo­cratic party women leader in the state, Al­haja Ra­mata­lai Oganija, con­demned the state gov­ern­ment’s ac­tion.

One of the women, who sim­ply iden­ti­fied her­self as Al­haja sifawu, ap­pealed to Gov­er­nor Ab­dul­rah­man Ab­dul­razaq to re­scind his de­ci­sion on the re­vo­ca­tion of the land.

she said the late Olusola saraki had for about 30 years been us­ing the place to dis­trib­ute gifts to old women, even dur­ing the mil­i­tary rule with­out any hin­drance.

she said, “the late Olusola saraki was our bene­fac­tor who took good care of us dur­ing his life time. his son, Dr Bukola saraki, is also fol­low­ing in his foot­steps.”

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