The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has just been accorded a
heroic reception by mammoth crowd of supporters and admirers that gathered
at Ilorin International Airport to welcome him to Ilorin, his hometown,
some ten days after the Supreme Court discharged and acquitted him of
allegations of false assets declaration.
The supporters of the Senate President patiently waited for the arrival of
their leader for about eight hours, having assembled at the airport as
early as 8.00am.
Motorists and other road users had a hectic time on the Ilorin-Ogbomosho
road, as Saraki’s supporters lined both sides of the road with vehicles
stretching for about five kilometers.
Although Saraki’s flight didn’t arrive until about 4.17pm, the supporters
kept themselves alive with dance and music from various live bands.
He was accompanied on the flight by the Speaker of the state’s house of
Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, former Speaker of the
state Assembly and chairman House Committee on Judiciary, Barr. Razak
Atunwa as well as former presidential spokesman, Dr. Doyin Okupe.
While taking questions from newsmen, Saraki described his three-year trial
as tough but expressed satisfaction that his followers never doubted his
innocence as he had told them on many occasions.
On his trial and the visit he said: “It’s been a long journey for all my
own people in the state, and today we thank the Almighty God for this. I
want to thank all of them who did not at any time waver. They believe in my
innocence and supported me throughout those three very tough years and it
was a great feeling for all of us.
“It is my first homecoming to thank them for all the support they have
given me and the victory and for the fact that the truth prevailed and
justice was done. Today is a day for me to visit and more importantly
thank the people for the support they have given for years.
” As I always say time will come for everything, a time will come I will
tell people where I am, what I’m doing. For now it is just to thank the
people of the state because the last three years have been tough and they
are still committed and remain and I have to appreciate that. I
The Senate President and his entourage drove directly from the airport to
the Emir’s palace to pay a thank you visit to the Emir, Alh Ibrahim Sulu-
It was cheers all the way for Saraki by residents who lined the streets to
show their love for their hero.