- Senate president Bukola Saraki has been given a response after he claimed that President Buhari dislikes Kwara
- In its response, Ilorin Emirate for Buhari, said it is the Senate president who hates Kwara and her people with every fiber of his being
- The group said several instances where Saraki was at liberty to influence the appointment of Kwarans, he passed them over at the altar of friendship
Ilorin Emirate for Buhari (IEB) has faulted claims by Senate president Bukola Saraki that President Muhammadu Buhari does not like the people of Kwara state.
Vanguard reports that during his defection on Tuesday, July 31, Saraki attributed his breakup with the ruling All Progressives Congress to alleged hatred Buhari has for the state.
The Senate president had said: "The federal government appointed over 200 persons into juicy offices without allotting any slot to me or Dogara. Everything went to Katsina, Katsina, Lagos, Lagos. If not for the love I have for Nigeria, we would have scattered everything. They don’t want us in their party. They don’t like us in Kwara."
NAIJ.com gathered that in a statement released by the group's director of publicity, Rotimi Sulyman, the group said in several instances where Saraki was at liberty to influence the appointment of Kwarans, he passed them over at the altar of friendship.
The statement read: "Our attention has been drawn to snide bile spewed by Senate president at President Muhammadu Buhari. Saraki’s remark posed more questions than it answered. Does it mean, a decision about Kwara and her people in any part of the world cannot be made without deferring to the Senate president, who as a matter of fact before 2003 when he left defunct Societe Generale, for politics, had never stayed in the state for a week at a stretch.
“We admit that he is a tin god in some quarters in the state but he should continue to insult our collective intelligence as we are all not a group of shallow wusses. For him to have thought that appointment slots for the state must be allotted to him for onward distribution to his goons speaks volume of his disrespect for a state, which produced the first northern lawyer, the first national newspaper editor from the north among other feats. Our consolation is in the expression 'arrogance comes before fall.’
“President Muhammadu Buhari is enamoured of Kwara and the demonstration of his love for the state is there for everyone to see. If anything, and without a shadow of doubt, it is Saraki, who hates Kwara and her people with every fiber of his being. He appropriates our common patrimony to himself, and with Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed led-government he put in place, invited outsiders to partake in the pillage.
"In several instances where he was at liberty to influence the appointment of Kwarans he passed them over at the altar of friendship. To mention but a few: in the cases of the state owned-companies, Harmony Holdings, Shonga Farms Limited and Kwara Small and Medium Enterprises."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that reactions trailed the defection of Senate president Bukola Saraki, from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Apart from reactions from Nigerians from all walks of life, foreign media also reacted to Saraki's breakup with the party under whose umbrella he emerged as the Senate president.
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