Three former Heads of State, Generals Muhammadu Buhari, Abdulsalami Abubakar and Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, yesterday paid a condolence visit to the Kwara state government over the death of Second Republic Senate Leader, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, in Ilorin.
Babangida led a delegation which included Gen. Abdulsalami, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, Alhaji Umaru Ndanusa and Alhaji Abubakar Muye on a condolence visit to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed at the Government House in Ilorin.
The former military President described Saraki as one Nigerian who worked tirelessly for the emergence and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.
Babangida said Saraki left behind a legacy of selfless service, adding that it would be an understatement to say that he “touched the lives of virtually everybody in this country, as he was one politician that had impact across the entire nation.”
Governor Ahmed, in his response, noted that Saraki had national goodwill despite the fact that he was never the president of the country.
“Senator Abubakar Olusola Saraki was one of the very few national bridge builders who were not presidents,” Ahmed said.
Ahmed assured the former presidents and their entourage that Saraki’s legacy of building an egalitarian society would be continued in order to keep his memory alive.
In his remarks, Buhari, who had earlier visited the governor, described the late Senate Leader as a “rare gem’’ who would be greatly missed for his contributions to the development of the country.