Through Ile Arugbo, I paid my chil­dren’s tu­ition, got them jobs

–ade­bayo, oc­to­ge­nar­ian

The Punch - - INTERVIEW -

WHat is your name?

I’m Sarah ade­bayo; I’m a Chris­tian and I’m over 80 years old. How long have you been vis­it­ing Ile arugbo?

I sup­ported the late Dr Olu­sola Saraki for over 40 years.

What do you do for a liv­ing? I’m a farmer, I have a cas­sava and vegetable farm in my com­mu­nity and I’m also a petty trader. What kind of things have you ben­e­fited from Ile Arugbo?

I have ben­e­fited a lot from both the late Oloye Olu­sola and Bukola Saraki.

I get reg­u­lar sup­ply of food items, clothes and money ev­ery Fri­day, and I was spon­sored to go on pil­grim­age to Jerusalem. I ap­pre­ci­ate Bukola Saraki for tak­ing care of us as directed by his late fa­ther.

What is your re­ac­tion to the de­mo­li­tion of Ile arugbo?

I burst into tears when I heard about the de­mo­li­tion of Ile arugbo be­cause that is where we have our weekly meet­ings. We hold our meet­ings there and we pray for Dr Saraki and the suc­cess of our party.

What is your re­ac­tion to the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to build a sec­re­tariat on the land?

I am not op­posed to gov­ern­ment build­ing of­fices for work­ers but I am ap­peal­ing to Gov­er­nor ab­dul­rah­man to leave the land for Saraki who has been a bene­fac­tor to the peo­ple of this state. Many of our chil­dren have been ed­u­cated and got em­ploy­ment through Olu­sola Saraki and his son, Bukola. I want to ap­peal to the gov­er­nor to re­build a house for aged peo­ple on that land. The gov­er­nor should look for an­other land to use for the new sec­re­tariat for the work­ers. Don’t your chil­dren mind your com­ing to Ile arugbo ev­ery week?

I am a politi­cian and I come to Ile arugbo to meet other women. Those of us who come to Ile arugbo are the women wing of Saraki’s party. We dis­cuss pol­i­tics there. It is when we are there that we hear in­for­ma­tion about what is go­ing on in pol­i­tics and know the di­rec­tion we are go­ing. My chil­dren are not op­posed it be­cause they see me as go­ing there for pol­i­tics and they have also ben­e­fited from the kind­ness of Dr Saraki.

Can you stop go­ing to Ile arugbo?

no­body can stop me from go­ing there be­cause that was where I got money to buy books and pay my chil­dren’s school fees. I was also able to get jobs for them through Ile arugbo. I have four chil­dren.

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