The Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF) has commiserated with its former chairman, Bukola Saraki (now a senator) over the demise of his father Oloye Olusola Saraki.
A statement signed by Rotimi Amaechi, Rivers State governor and the Forum's chairman said: "It is unfortunate that Chief Saraki, a man of uncommon humility, a nationally acclaimed philanthropist and political icon, passed on at a time our country needed his invaluable service most. His loss is no doubt a monumental loss to our nation."
It further reads: "Chief Saraki's departure is both painful and shocking. But we take solace in the fact that he lived and died well. He dedicated his life to serving the poor and powerless.
He mixed freely with the underprivileged and lived substantially organizing and fighting for the upliftment of his people while making important contributions to Nigeria's national development. He touched many lives, and taught lessons on communal living and the service of one's community."