Olusola Saraki, strongman of Kwara politics, is dead

Olusola Saraki

Olusola Saraki, the strongman of Kwara politics, is dead. He was 79.

Mr. Saraki, Leader  of the Nigerian Senate during the second republic, died Wednesday morning in Lagos.

His son, Bukola Saraki, who announced the death said the family “take solace in knowing that our father lived an exemplary life of service, and selfless devotion to development of his people and nation.”

The body of the late politician has been moved to Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state where he reigned as a political godfather for several years.

Mr. Saraki controlled the politics of Kwara State for about two decades until he was displaced as kingmaker by his son, Bukola, a serving senator, in the 2011 general elections.

The deceased will be buried Wednesday at 4.00 pm local time, family members said. The state government which pundits describe as ‘Saraki’s empire’ has declared three days of mourning.

“Baba will be sorely missed,” Bukola, former governor of Kwara state, now a senator said.


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  • Afoo

    This is the end of life. We brought nothing to this world and we will take nothing out of it.

  • aj

    how mighty fallen no one his more than be killed by the spirit dead

  • olusola .O

    We Will All Come & Go, Let Make Good In The Life We Living. Wich Him Best In Heaven (RIP Sir)

  • i belief kwara people will have rest of mind to elect candidate of their chioce,we all should put it at back of our mind that one day we will die

  • abbeyarsenal

    Such is life and showing that life is meaningless

  • wogkreations

    Onpe,vanity upon vanity

  • Debby Akanni

    My 15 yrs old son said something some time ago.He said mummy; what is in this life ? A man will struggle to make it in life and at the end of the day he will still die. I advised him that: The fact that one is going to die does not mean that one shouldn’t make efforts to be successful in life, but if you’re striving to make it in life you must not be so desperate as to do what is untowards against your fellow man.Afterall no one gets buried with possession acquired from this world. We are all pilgrims on this earth. Whether we are rich or poor, one day the cock shall crow behind us. Chief Saraki rest in peace. Though prayers no longer work for the death their works will follow them.Debby

  • abubakar yola

    ”Innalillah wa Inna ilaihi Ra-jiuun”May God almighty forgive the departed souls and grant them Jannatul Firdaus,,,May He give the Saraki’s the fortitude the bear the great loss..We are all mortals, definitely we are waiting for our appointed time….

  • mr. Myle

    No need to cherish luxury because everything come and go, even the life that we have is borrowed because we are not promised tomorrow.. Adieu Baba Saraki. I remember when i first saw him in 1989 when he visited Queens school Ilorin.

  • Dee

    Only wil u b rememberd by wat u hav done while here on either gud or bad! life is a journey leave we’ll……RIP SIRd

  • ADUBI aka HAT

    may the almighty Allah grant him al-Jannatul Firdaus, an abode, where milk, honey and river shall flow benith. also, may his grave the of adequate comfort zone for him.

  • Dotun Olagoke

    May the soul of the departed rest in peace Amen

  • He was a virus that took Kwara state natural intervention †Φ cure: yes time heal wounds. He was never a good leader. kwara state should rejoice rather than mourn.

  • Eziokwu bu Ndu

    Some say he was a good, great man who should not die; others say he was bad. A few learnings are here: no one can satisfy all; good or bad, we all must die sometime; do all the good you can while you live; ask yourself if you lived a true life and be proud, happy and courageous to tell yourself, “yes, I did”. Rest in Peace, Dr Saraki.


    We the people of kwara state are more than happy, trust me its like when Abacha died, a virus we have been trying to get rid off is finally gone. Many more wicked godfathers will still die o. i hope all the good things u did are enuf to make u RIP sir 😐