SENATE President, David Mark has distinguished late Dr. Olusola Saraki as a politician who lived and played politics without presence and called on Nigerians to celebrate instead of mourning his demise as a man who has left outstanding legacies for the political direction of Nigeria.
Mark, who made the observation when he paid a condolence visit to the family of late second republic senate leader, Dr. Olusola Saraki, said unlike what is being seen across the country, politics should be played with honesty, honour and a lot of integrity.
The senate president was accompanied on the visit by former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bernabas Gemade, senator Olubunmi Adekunle and Alhaji Sodiq Ya’Ardua.
He said:” Baba is not dead. He lives on because a man who lived as he did does not die. In everything he did he was always himself, he was not pretending, he was not acting. He was a natural man doing what he liked. He did all he did from his heart, naturally. There are people who do not do that from heart. He made so many people. Unfortunately there are many actors, many pretenders on the political scene in Nigeria today. Politics should be played with honesty, with honour and a lot of integrity.
“I want to ask that the people of Kwara should not mourn too much, as if the man has not left a legacy behind. What is left for us to is to emulate his good deeds. He brought integrity and humaness to Nigerian politics. Let us celebrate his legacies; that Kwara produced a man who was a leader not only in the state but in Nigeria; a leader who has done Nigeria proud.
“Kwara should continue to give this country people like Baba, someone who didn’t play politics of the self but sought consensus and became a bridge-builder in all ramifications.
“Let the legacies he has left become our guiding principles, to assure and reassure him that he did not live or die in vain. What will therefore make him happy where he is now is for peace to reign in Nigeria.
The Senate President also told Senator Saraki to prepare to take over from his father but noted that he should realise that he may not find it easy.
The Senate had suspended sitting after it resumed break for Saraiki to honour the former Senate Leader, an honour Mark noted had never be bestowed on any Nigerian leader, saying he was a distinguished senator.
He told Senator Saraki that he has just assumed maturity with the death of his father, adding “you are now a man and you are now grown up”.
Responding, senator Bukola Saraki described the visit from Mark as really consoling being the political leader of the north central zone and pledged the commitment of Kwarans towards sustaining peace in the country.