Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has described the death of the Sardauna Ilorin, Alhaji Umaru Saro, as a big loss to the nation and the state, and to the people of Ilorin Emirate where he impacted the lives of many with his industry, philanthropy, and positive influence.
This was contained in a press statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, on Sunday.
The news of the demise of the late Sardauna of Ilorin permeated various social media platforms on Sunday evening.
The Governor, in his statement, said: “This passage represents a monumental loss to not just the Ilorin Emirate but to the entire state and the nation. Alhaji Umaru Saro was a phenomenon of his time, a business mogul, known nationally and internationally for his entrepreneurship, industry, generosity and commitment to communal growth, peace and harmony.
“His love for the Islamic scholarship and propagation is widely acknowledged as he invested so much resources therein. Alhaji Umaru Saro was a leading light of the nation’s business community in which he is held in high esteem.
“Most significantly, he was an inspiration and pillar of support for our Administration from inception. His death is indeed the end of an era,” the Governor said in a statement on Sunday night.
“On behalf of my family, the people and government of Kwara State, I commiserate with the Emir of Ilorin Dr Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU), his immediate and extended family, and of course the entire Muslim community on the passing of the Sardauna of Ilorin.
“He served God and humanity, and was always proud to identify with the people, poor or rich. We are consoled by his many virtues, particularly his philanthropy and immense love for our people and the community. We pray Allah (Exalted is He) to grant Alhaji Umaru Saro forgiveness and reward him with al-jannnah Firdaus. May Allah, exalted is He, comfort the family that the Sardauna has left behind.”208