I’ve been visiting Ile Arugbo for over 40 years –racheal, octogenarian
What is your name?
I’m racheal adebayo; I’m a Christian woman from Iyin Ekiti in Ekiti State. I’m over 80 years old.
How long have you been coming to Ile Arugbo?
I have been supporting the Sarakis in politics for more than four decades and been visiting Ile arugbo for that long. We stood with him after the military coup when soldiers took over, and when political activities returned, we remained with him. We meet in his house any time but usually it is always on a weekly basis – Fridays.
What have you benefited from the place?
Dr Olusola Saraki used to give us lots of things, ranging from money to food items, clothes and even slots for pilgrimage to Jerusalem and Mecca. For example, I went to Jerusalem for pilgrimage through the slot I got from Ile arugbo. Senator Bukola Saraki has been treating us the way his father did; he didn’t allow us to suffer. The history of Ilorin can never forget Baba Saraki because to his contribution to the development of the city and Kwara State as a whole.
How did you receive the news of the demolition of Ile Arugbo?
I felt very sad and the same goes for those of us in the political family of Dr Saraki because we didn’t expect that such a thing could happen in this state. It is sad. Ilorin is a town of peace and we appeal to the governor to please leave Bukola alone to enable him continue to take care of us.
My children know that we benefit from Ile arugbo without being enslaved.
It is a place where we discuss freely.