The Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRazaq AbdulRahman, has directed the demolition of the Sola A. Saraki Library, named after Dr. Olusola Saraki, Second Republic politician and father of immediate past Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
Security agents were said to have been deployed to the library complex on Friday, immediately giving a hint to what was about to come.
There has been no official explanation from the government for the demolition.
However, former President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the son of the late Dr. Saraki, has expressed shock at the decision of AbdulRahman.
He wrote on his verified Twitter handle: “Wow! I just got the news that the major official assignment carried out by the governor of my state, Kwara, today, is the demolition of an old public library named after my late dad, Dr. Olusola Saraki.
“May Almighty Allah continue to retain a place for Oloye in Aljannah Firdaus.”
His sister and Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola, has also reacted to the demolition of the library.
She said: “Yet again, today we find that the Governor of Kwara State’s focus is not on building up Kwara, but on demolishing buildings which were owned or named after my late father, the Waziri of Ilorin.
“No matter how many structures are demolished, Baba Saraki’s legacy can never be destroyed, because it lives in the hearts and minds of the great people of Kwara.”
The state government in January 2020 demolished the Sarakis’ political home, Ile Arúgbó, in Ilorin.