Again, Kwara Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq is in the eye of the storm not for providing facilities for the electorates rather for demolishing a public library named after one of elder statesmen who played prominent roles in the development of the State in the past.
According to reports from Ilorin, the Governor’s bulldozers this time has been moved against a public library named after late political leader Olusola Saraki, who in incidentally was the father of former Governor of the State, Bukola Saraki as well as incumbent Minister of State for Transport, Gbemi Rukayat Saraki who belongs to the same party with Governor.
The library, located long Agbooba-Adeta road is not the first direct attempt by the Abdulrazaq Government to erase legacies named after the late statesman.
Ever since the inception of his administration, the Governor has not hidden his disdain for these legacies and all that the family of the late elder statesman stood for. He has pursued this curious vendetta as a matter of urgent state policy even when it defied common sense.
The issue of Ile Arugbo, a genius initiative to take care of the elderly by the late elder statesman was the first point of call for the naive Governor as he moved his bulldozers on the structures despite all the opprobrium the move generated. The elderly protested. APC members in the state wondered why that had to be priority but the Governor refused to budge. Next he moved against the State University which was named after the late political leader. Abdulrazaq had the State Assembly effect a name change. It was done. Then it was the NUJ Kwara state secretariat building which was also named after the late Dr Olusola Saraki. After a series of arm twisting, the name was changed and his name was dropped from the signpost.
The State government has spent a lot of time and resources battling backlash of these questionable actions even as Nigerians, especially indigenes of the state across party lines have continued to condemn the actions of the Governorq each time he embarks on these vindictive projects.
Meanwhile, son and daughter of the late elder statesman, former Senate President Bukola Saraki and incumbent Minister of State for Transport, Gbemisola Saraki have issued statements condemning the latest action.
Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on his official Facebook handle expressed what is seen as a dissatisfaction towards the demolition of the structure that has since been a place of study for students around the kuntu/agbo-oba vicinity with security and serene environment for studying.
In his words, “I just got the news that the major official assignment carried out by the Governor of my state, Kwara, today, is the demolition of an old public library named after my late dad, Dr. Olusola Saraki. May Almighty Allah continue to retain a place for Oloye in Aljannah Firdaus” Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki said.
“Yet again, we find that the Governor of Kwara State’s focus is not on building up Kwara, but on demolishing buildings which were owned or named after my late father, the Waziri of Ilorin”.
‘No matter how many structures are demolished, Baba Saraki’s Legacy can never be destroyed, because it lives in the hearts and minds of the great people of Kwara. May Allah continue to guide and protect us all”, Sen. Ruqayyah Gbemisola Saraki stated in her own reaction.