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2 Actions Taken Against Saraki's Family By Kwara Governor And How They May Work Against Him

There are some actions politicians take sometimes that may not be very wise which may later come back to work against them.

The Governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has taken two key actions against the family of Saraki since he came to power in the North Central State. As a first time Governor, if care is not taken, those two actions may work against the Governor in some ways especially in his second term bid. This article will discuss the two actions he took.

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First, he demolished the building of Olusola Saraki. Olusola Saraki is the father of both the Former Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and the current Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki. There is no need to mention that the patriarch Olusola is highly respected in Kwara because he was a former Governor of the state. Now that he is late, destroying his house known as 'Ile Arugbo' was an action the Governor took that drew public outrage.

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Even if the Governor has issues with the Saraki's family, there are certain actions that the Governor should avoid to prevent the massive condemnation and political repercussions that it may bring. The 'Ile Arugbo' is a building where the late Saraki used as a centre of his philanthropic gestures as he used to share clothes, food, money and other items to old people there as a way of giving back and helping the aged. Imagine what it could feel like destroying such a building.

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Second, the Governor destroyed a building named after the late Saraki. This is a very recent case as it happened yesterday. As a former Governor of the State and one of the first Governors during his time, there are some legacy buildings named after Olusola Saraki to memorize him. Nothing is wrong with leaving these buildings to stand. If the Governor wants to name buildings after other persons, he can build new ones. At worst, he can simply change the name from Saraki to something else provided that he does so through legal means.

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Destroying buildings named after Saraki raises eyebrows and draws public condemnation against the Governor. Already, many people including Bukola Saraki, his sister Gbemisola Saraki, their loyalists, opponents of the Governor and other people who hold the late Saraki in high esteem have described the Governor's actions as 'political vendetta' against the Saraki's family. This may work against the Governor especially in his second term bid.

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