Aged women displaced by
Following the demolition of the charity home of the late Dr Olusola Saraki, popularly known as Ile Arugbo, in Ilorin, Kwara State, four of the aged women used to going there to get food and clothes weekly tell TUNDE OYEKOLA that it has been a sad development for them
that converge there. We would come here every Friday, whether he was at home or not. When we came, we would pray for him and he would give us gifts.
When the late Olusola Saraki died, his son, Senator Bukola Saraki, followed in his father’s footsteps. We were here when
Oloye instructed Bukola to take care of elderly people, saying we were his people. and Bukola, being an obedient son, has been taken proper care of us.
What types of gifts do you receive?
When we come here, they serve us all kinds of food and occasionally, we get food items. We also get clothes and money. What is the best thing you have received at Ile arugbo?
I got sponsored to go on pilgrimage to Mecca at Ile arugba. Through the family, I went for hajj and I am even hoping to go to Mecca again through him (Saraki) this year. Despite losing in
the last election, he did not relent in giving humanitarian aid every Friday.
How did the demolition of Ile arugbo affect you?
It is bad and it will affect all of us, particularly elderly women. I appeal to Governor abdulrahman abdulrazak to leave Ile arugbo for us because it is for old people, and not for Bukola. That is why past governors in the state did not bother themselves about Ile arugbo.
If Saraki stops distributing gifts to old people like you at Ile arugbo, what will you do?
I don’t think he can stop it because allah sent his father, Oloye, to us and he has continued the work of his father.
What is the reaction of your offspring to your going to Ile arugbo?
They do not oppose it because they know that is where we feed and the Sarakis have been our benefactors.