Following scathing remarks in some quarters that trailed the demolition of a community library named after late political icon, Olusola Saraki, the Kwara State government has defended the action.
The library situated at Agbooba/Kuntu area of the Ilorin West local Government was on Tuesday pulled down by government officials. The exercise was viewed as political vendetta by some commentators with daughter of late Saraki, Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, saying in a statement, “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.”
Her sibling, former Senate President, Bukola Saraki in the same vein condemned the demolition.
Responding to the opprobrium, the state government in a statement, Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq released, said the demolition was a work in progress as the building had become criminals’ hideout.
“The facility is dilapidated and was serving as hideouts for some anti-social elements with consequences for public safety.
“The community appealed to the LGA authorities to do something about it. The LGA has moved in to remove parts of it preparatory to rehabilitating the facility by adding an ICT centre for public use. After its reconstruction, it should retain the honorary name of Baba Saraki,” it reads in part.