By Mumini AbdulKareem
The President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Sunday organised a special Iftar programme for his constituents in Ilorin, Kwara state.
The Iftar (breaking of fast) was preceded by a Tafsir (sermon) programme at the Senate President’s mosque situated within his GRA residence, off Umar Audi road, Ilorin.
The programme was attended by both the high and the lowly placed individuals, including the Acting national president of Ilorin Emirate Progressives Union(IEDPU), Alh Yahaya Ahmed, his predecessor, Ambassador Sheikh AbdulAziz, former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Alh Abubakar Kawu Baraje and Speaker, Kwara state house of assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad among others.
Representatives of artisans, market men and women, politicians were also part of the iftar programme.
In a thought provoking sermon, a Kadi at the Kwara State Sharia Court of Appeal, Justice AbdulLateef Kamaldeen, recalled the numerous contributions of the Saraki family to community development and propagation of Islam in Kwara state, especially Ilorin, their ancestral home.
He made specific reference to the determination of the Senate President to ensure that the proposed Muhammad Kamaldeen University, Ogidi, Ilorin is granted operational licence by the National University Commission (NUC).
To achieve this, the guest lecturer disclosed that Saraki has embarked on N500 million intervention programmes which include the provision of furniture, clinic, two 500KVA Maikano generating sets, hostel and construction of road network at the university.
Kamaldeen who assured Saraki of Allah’s reward for his investments on his community, people, and religion advised him not to be discouraged by the outcome of the last general elections in the state.
He said it was natural for a personality like him with a rising profile to be envied by those who are not disposed to his ideology but should not be misled to take wrongful decisions.
He also counseled Saraki not to dissipate energy on those that betrayed him because “everyone will be rewarded for his deeds by the Almighty Allah “.
The jurist noted that what transpired at the polls was not unexpected in the stage of life as good and bad are divinely structured in the trajectory of life.
He, however, assured the Senate President that “the current challenge is momentary”.