Former Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed sadness over the death of frontline industrialist and Sardauna of Ilorin Emirate, Alhaji Umar Saro, who passed on Sunday evening.
Saraki in a statement by his Press Officer on Home Matters, Abdulganiyu Abdulqadir, stated he received news of the demise of the business mogul and philanthropist with shock and sadness, saying that the deceased lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation.
He described the death of Alhaji Saro as a huge and painful loss to his immediate family, Ilorin Emirate, Kwara State and the nation at large, saying that the deceased has left a big vacuum that would be difficult to fill.
The Waziri Ngeri of Ilorin Emirate commiserated with wife of the deceased, Alhaja Atinuke Saro, his children, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari and sons and daughters of Ilorin.
According to him, Alhaji Saro was a distinguished son of Ilorin and patriotic Nigerian who lived a fulfilled and an exemplary life worthy of emulation. He added that the deceased would be remembered for his impacts in the lives of the people and his contributions to the nation’s economy where he was a big player.
Saraki stated: “I join family members, friends, associates, wellwishers and the business community in mourning a distinguished son of Ilorin, frontline businessman, community leader and philanthropist, Alhaji Umar Saro. I received news of his death with shock and sadness.
“My heartfelt condolences to his wife, Alhaja Atinuke Saro, his children and entire family. I also commiserate with our father, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari and the people of Ilorin over this painful loss.
“I pray Allah overlook his misdeeds, admit him into Aljanah Firdaus and comfort his family and loved ones during this moment of grief.”