Ile Arugbo: President Buhari wades into Gov AbdulRazaq, Saraki feud

Ile Arugbo: President Buhari wades into Gov AbdulRazaq, Saraki feud

- The feud between Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and Senator Bukola Saraki has caught the attention of President Buhari

- The Kwara state government demolished Ile Arugbo (old people’s home) in Ilorin, one of the legacy projects of Late Olusola Saraki, Bukola's dad

- The former Senate President Bukola and his younger sister, Gbemi, who is a serving minister in Buhari's cabinet, condemned the demolition

A report by The Nation indicates that President Muhammadu Buhari has waded into the feud between Kwara governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and former Senate President Bukola Saraki over the recent demolition of Ile Arugbo (old people’s home) in Ilorin, the state capital.

According to the report, the president has set up a private investigative committee to examine the circumstances that warranted the demolition and report to him.

A source quoted in the report stated that President Buhari expressed concern about the crisis, which has dominated the media in the last two weeks.

The former Senate President and his younger sister, Gbemi Saraki, who is a serving minister in Buhari's cabinet, had chided Governor AbdulRazaq over the demolition.

Ile Arugbo: President Buhari wades into Gov AbdulRazaq, Saraki feud

The remains of the demolished structure in Ilorin, Kwara state. Photo source: Twitter
Source: UGC

The Sarakis said it was an affront on the memory of their late father, a Second Republic Senate Leader, Olusola Saraki.

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But the state government refuted the allegation, saying the land, which belonged to the state, was illegally transferred to the late politician when his son, Bukola, held sway as governor of the state.

Although the source said the president had notified the governor about the private committee, he could not ascertain if he had also informed Bukola Saraki.

“I suspect that the president wants to foster cohesion in the party and government by setting up the panel.

“I suspect that he had taken note of the reaction of his minister, Gbemi Saraki, who complained that the governor did not inform her before the demolition, despite being in the same party and government with him. I am sure the president wants peace in Kwara,” the source said.

Meanwhile, a leading pro-democracy group in Kwara state, Kwara Must Change has called on the public to disregard claims being made in some quarters that some women were attacked during the demolition of Ile Arugbo piece of land.

According to the group, the claim is spurious, strange, unfounded and outrightly none existent.

The group said it has carried out its own investigations, urging people making the claim to provide evidence.

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