Aged women dis­placed by

The Punch - - INTERVIEW -

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.

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