Senate President, David Mark on Friday said that many dishonest people, pretenders and mere ‘actors’ dominated the political scene in Nigeria.
He said this during a condolence visit to the family of the late Senate Leader in the Second Republic, Dr. Olusola Saraki, in Ilorin, capital of Kwara State. Mark said that Saraki was a sincere politician who left outstanding legacies for the political development of Nigeria.
He said, “Baba is not dead. He lives on because a man, who lived as he did, does not die. In everything, he was always himself. He did not pretend. He was a natural man doing what he loved best. He did all he did from the bottom of his heart.
“Unfortunately there are many actors and pretenders on the political scene in Nigeria today. Politics should be played with honesty, with honour and a lot of integrity.”
Mark urged the people of Kwara state to celebrate Saraki instead of mourning his departure. “I want to ask the people of Kwara not to mourn too much, as if the man has not left a legacy behind. What is left for us to do is to emulate his good deeds.
“He brought integrity and a humane quality to Nigerian politics. Let us celebrate his legacies and the fact that Kwara produced a man who was truly a national leader who has done the country proud.
“Kwara should continue to give this country people like Baba, someone who didn’t play politics of the self but sought consensus and became a bridge-builder in all ramifications.
“Let the legacies he has left become our guiding principles, to assure and reassure him that he did not live or die in vain. What will therefore make him happy where he is now is for peace to reign in Nigeria,” he said.
The Senate President condoled with the Sarakis in company with a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bernabas Gemade; Alhaji Sodiq Ya’Ardua and Senator Olubunmi Adekunle.