BREAKING: Former Senate President Saraki's Mother Dies, Details Emerge

BREAKING: Former Senate President Saraki's Mother Dies, Details Emerge

  • Chief Florence Morenike Saraki, the mother of Bukola Saraki, the former president of the Senate, has died at the age of 89
  • The former governor of Kwara state announced the death of his mother in a statement on Tuesday, June 18
  • Saraki served as the president of the Senate between 2015 and 2019 and was a two-term governor of Kwara state from 2003 to 2011

Ilorin, Kwara - The former Senate president of Nigeria, Bukola Saraki, has lost his mother, Chief Florence Morenike Saraki, at the age of 89.

The mother of the former governor of Kwara state reportedly died on Tuesday evening, June 18.

Former Senate president Bukola Saraki and his wife pose with his mother, Chief Florence Morenike Saraki
Bukola Saraki's mother passed on at 89. Photo Credit: @bukolasaraki
Source: Twitter

Saraki announces his mother's death

Saraki announced the passing away of his mother on his X page.

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His tweet reads:

"With profound sadness and total submission to the will of Almighty God, I announce the passing of my beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and matriarch, Chief Mrs. Florence Morenike Saraki, who peacefully transitioned today, Tuesday, June 18th, 2024.
"Details regarding funeral arrangements will be shared in due course. We appreciate your love, prayers, and support as we mourn Mama’s passing."

It was gathered that the late octogenarian went into a coma before she was rushed to an undisclosed hospital in Lagos state over an age-related ailment.

Who is Bukola Saraki?

Saraki served as the 13th Senate president from 2015 to 2019. During this period, he had several fierce political battles with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and eventually dumped the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He previously served as the governor of Kwara state from 2003 to 2011 under the umbrella of the PDP.

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Saraki was part of the campaign train of the PDP presidential candidate in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, and played a significant role in the election.

See the tweet below:

Saraki counsels former governors earlier reported that Saraki urged former governors not to be a problem for their successors but to be their solution.

The 2-term governor of Kwara state made the appeal to Nyesome Wike and other former governors at an event organised for them by the Nigerian Governors' Forum.

According to Saraki, living a private life outside the public office is challenging, and the governors must prepare for it.

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