The Senate on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to rename the Ilorin International Airport after Second Republic Senate Leader, Dr. Olusola Saraki, who died in Lagos on Wednesday.
The Senate also resolved to send a high-powered delegation to condole with the Saraki family, the government and people of Kwara State.
The Senate’s resolution followed a motion moved by the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, and seconded by Senator Simeon Ajibola on the demise of Saraki.
Ndoma-Egba noted that Saraki’s negotiating skills helped to achieve the consensus witnessed in the Senate during the Second Republic.
He said, “His negotiating skills made him easily the most powerful individual in the Senate of that Republic.
“His charismatic personality defined the office of the Senate Leader and gave it character.
“Many years after he left office, he remains easily the best and most known Senate Leader.”
Contributing, Senator Abdul Ningi described Saraki’s sense of philanthropy as “legendary.”
He said, “I’ve not known any political leader as the Oloye, who developed a capacity for giving.
“I think it would be very difficult to find anybody to replace Saraki in the mind of his people.’’
Also, Senator James Manager said Saraki left an indelible footprint that was unmatched in the political history of Nigeria.
Manager said, “The history of Nigerian politics would not be complete if no mention is made about Oloye.
“He was visibly the most popular politician to have come from that part of the country.”
Similarly, Senator Danjuma Goje urged Nigerian leaders to emulate Saraki’s spirit of generosity.
“He used his resources and connections to touch the lives of Kwara people and Nigerians.
“That’s how leaders should lead their lives by using their resources to benefit the masses,” he said.
Also, Chris Anyanwu described Saraki as a “master negotiator” whose approach to politics was worthy of emulation by politicians.
She said, “He was one of the most effective politicians with a fine approach to politics. We should all adopt him as a role model.
“He liked to negotiate and douse the tension, thereby making sure there was consensus in the Upper Chamber.”