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Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by AloyEmeka6: 12:35am On Aug 18, 2009
Pa Dr. Olusola Saraki: Warts & all • Yes! I’m Fulani from Mali • Why I never served military govt
By FEMI ADEOTI

Monday, August 17, 2009
Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, elderstatesman and chairman, Northern Union (NU), has spoken as never before. He practically opened up for close to two-and-a-half hours when he met with a group of selected journalists at his Abuja home recently.


Saraki


http://odili.net/news/source/2009/aug/17/514.html

He answered every question as much as he could, and clarified some “knotty” issues. He talked about his “real” origin, past military governments, why ex-civilian governors of Kwara State always rebuffed him after installation, NU, collapse of ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo’s third term agenda, etc.

Excerpts:

Who is Saraki?

As you know, I am Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki. By profession, I am a medical practitioner but by accident, I found myself in politics and I don’t regret it in the sense that I am satisfied that I am doing what I like. I am happy with it even though the road has been very rugged and rough. But if you are honest and sincere, and this is what has happened to me, you will feel fulfilled. I have been very honest in politics and in life. I have been very sincere and very considerate and so I feel fulfilled and very satisfied.

I found myself in politics by accident because I am essentially a medical practitioner and I trained in one of the best medical schools. I was at the Saint George Medical College, University of London. When I was a student in London, I was a very active member of Nigerian Students Union. That was before Nigeria’s independence during the colonial days. I used to attend Nigerian Students’ meetings and I used to write a lot of articles such as those “Letters to the Editors” in the West African News Magazine which was popular at that time.

When I qualified as a medical doctor in 1962, I came back to Nigeria. I would have gone to Kaduna to practise medicine but I never did because I was angered by the refusal of the then Northern Regional Government to grant me scholarship to study medicine. The refusal was on the grounds that my parents could afford to train me and, so I too refused to go and work for the Northern government. I worked in Lagos at the General Hospital instead.

Later on, I joined the Peak Hospital from where I resigned my appointment in order to contest election into the Federal House of Representatives in 1964 as an independent candidate. Of course, I lost the election. The reason was that the Northern Peoples Congress (NPC) was a very strong party which would not accept me as the official candidate. The leader of the party and Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, announced that all the old members should be returned at the polls because the NPC believed that it was being threatened by the Action Group (AG). They believed that the devil they knew was better than the one they never met.

That decision was taken barely two weeks before the elections.

My people insisted that I must contest even if as an independent candidate because I was very popular with the people at that time. But we forgot the strength of the government and the party officials at that time. Two weeks before the elections, it was announced that nobody should vote for an independent candidate and that the Sardauna had a big mirror in his Kaduna office with which he could monitor anyone flouting the order. They voted for the official candidate and that was how I lost the election. But I was never daunted because I believed in what I was doing. I went back to my practice in Lagos and I was doing well in my medical practice until the return to party-politics in 1978/79.

Real identity

My mother is from Iseyin in Oyo State, while my father is from Ilorin in Kwara State. My great-great grandfather originated from Mali and I am talking about some 150 to 200 years ago. And they are Fulani and that is where we got our Fulani connection from. My great grandfather settled in Ilorin preaching the religion of Islam. A section of Ilorin came from Gwandu and they were religious, but my people came there as practising Muslims from Mali with their own Quran. In fact, the Emir and I used to joke that we had our own Quran and that nobody gave us Quran. My great-grandfather brought our own Quran to Ilorin from Mali to Agbaji where we settled. The Agbaji quarters is about 200 to 300 years old. Over the years, religious piety and devotion have led the prohibition of drumming (in whatever circumstance) in the area.

But because of our connection with the Southern people, a lot of Yoruba are always in Ilorin and so we speak the same language.

If you look at the Ilorin people, the real Ilorin people like Saraki for example, the culture and their ways share affinity with those of the far Northern Nigeria. That accounts for the difference you observe between us and, particularly, people of the South-West, despite the existence, now, of Yoruba as a common language. I leave people to say whatever they like about me. Some people even say I am from Ogun State and some even say I am from Togo but I know where I am from. Even, not long ago, I had a letter inviting me to join in the formation of a Mali-Fulani Organization and that I should be its chairman.

What about your ancestral lineage? People have accused you of bearing Alhaji Abubakar Saraki when you needed votes from the North, Chief Olusola Saraki when you needed votes from the South-West and in the South-East and South-South, you answered Dr. Sola Saraki. How do you reconcile these differences?

People are just reading political meanings to my actions. My Islamic name is Abubakar. When were growing up in Lagos in those days, unless you were a Christian or bore a native indigenous name, you couldn’t get a school. If I wanted to be admitted to a school, I had to drop Abubakar in favour of Sola as virtually all the schools belonged to Christian organizations. It is not correct that I was changing names to garner votes. Politicians invent those kinds of stories against their opponents. You, yourself, should know who you are.

What was your growing up like?

Oh yes. Commitment, for example, is not there now but it was in abundance in those days. Now, the greed for money has taken over the whole place and I won’t blame our members of the National Assembly alone for that. Look at what is happening at the House of Commons in England where members of Parliament are fighting for very lousy money as small as £3,000 allowances for housing and gardening and all sorts of things. In those days, when I was in the Senate, such things never occurred to us. We never got ourselves involved in anything except the idea to serve the public. But today, it is different. It is now what you can get and what you can grab as everything is now about money which was not so during our own time.

Let me give you an example. The salary as a Senator in those days was about N1,000 per month; and by the time you paid tax and all those things, it came to about N750. But with that, we were fairly satisfied. But today, when you get to the National Assembly, they talk about millions and billions. It is very unfortunate that people, who are supposed to look after the welfare of the country, are not doing the right things. In those days, there was commitment.

Look at the political parties of today, look at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for example which everybody seems to be joining, you will find that the governors have turned leaders of the party at state level. Just as the President, in the recent past was supposed to be the leader of the party at the national level. Happily, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua has refused the offer and said that the party should elect its leaders. Anything contrary to that would certainly undermine good governance and party discipline which, in a democracy, should be supreme.

Indeed, they have not got the political experience to run the party. In our time, the party was supreme and whatever the party decreed was final. But now, everyone is a big man and a leader. That is the difference between politics of those days and what obtains today.

Let me give you another example. I was in the National Party of Nigeria (NPN). The party, during the 1979 elections had only 36 seats in the Senate out of 95 and so could not command the majority. In the House of Representatives, NPN had only 127 out of 450 members and so fell short of majority. Yet, because of party discipline, we were able to run the National Assembly without any quarrel whatsoever and all the bills and all the budgets scaled through without any problem. But today see what is happening in the National Assembly. Here, you see a member of the PDP getting up to insult or abuse the President. In those days, you can never see a member of Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) getting up on the floor to abuse Chief Obafemi Awolowo or an NPN member abusing Alhaji Shehu Shagari. It never happened. But today, there is no discipline. Everybody does as he likes and there is nobody to check them.

Maybe they could do so because of the way they were voted in?

I think you are right in that aspect because some of them are saying that they themselves fought for their elections and that the party never assisted them. In our own time, the party would come and campaign for you right from the wards and constituencies and even up to the state level. I remember that in 1979, Shehu Shagari spent about three or four days in Kwara campaigning for all of us who were running for elections. But today it is not like that as they now use aeroplanes to fly from Abuja to Enugu and from Lagos to Kano to go and campaign. I think you are right. The members, once nominated, are left alone to go and source for money. They are left alone to do the campaigning to win the elections and, of course, where the party is not doing its work and where the candidate is not getting the support of the party, how can the party expect such a member if he won an election to obey its orders? That is exactly what is happening and I think we have to look into that aspect of the whole thing.

You said you came into politics by accident. Was it because your medical practice was not booming then?

I had a thriving medical practice then and I still have even up till today. My income was about £500,000 per annum at that time. I had a very successful medical practice. I was looking after companies and private clients. I didn’t have any hospital where I admitted patients but 99 percent of my jobs then were on retainership. I was retained by companies to look after their staff and family members. If I was making as much as £500,000 per annum as at 1962 then, definitely, it was quite a lot of money.

But people said you made your money during the Nigerian Civil War, how true?

Civil war? That is not true. I had nothing to do with the Army at that time. As I said, I was on retainership with many virile companies like NEPA (ECN at that time), NPA, NICON and so on. NPA and ECN were the big ones and as an NPA staff, you could get treated along with your family members and my monthly bill then could come to about £70,000 or so. Some of them had up to 10 children and they all came to me and I attended to them. Like I said earlier, I found myself in politics by accident. I was trained as a medical practitioner and doctors were like gods in those days and not now that it is three for a penny.


Senator Gbemisola Saraki-Fowora, as governor in 20011.

Oh yes, I love my daughter very dearly and she did all the furnishings in this my Abuja home for me. She renovated the whole building for me and anybody doing such for you, you love her or him more and more and more.

Is that the reason why you now want to install her as governor in 2011 after the tenure of her brother, Bukola?

Who was saying those kind of things? I am praying to God and I intend to go for the Umrah to seek the guidance of God. When I wanted to put Lawal there, I went for Umrah for the same purpose since the previous three governors did not perform to my expectation. I went to Umrah and sought forgiveness and true guidance. I prayed to God that I wanted somebody who would take care of Kwara State for me. I went to Umrah and I called Mallams to join me and together, we prayed to God. Lawal was among us, praying and he was saying, as I later gathered God, “make me the one to give this Saraki man what he wanted for Kwara State”.

When it became obvious that he would get the ticket, I complained to my faithful that I didn’t want any person with military background to be the Governor of Kwara State. I set-up a seven-man screening committee. They screened all the aspirants. I was worried that Lawal had got the highest mark. But I said, perhaps God wanted to use this man for the development of Kwara State. I could have changed the result if I had wanted so to do, but I told them to release the result and Lawal became the governorship candidate. After only one year in office, he began to agitate for a second term, convincing himself that I was going to make my son, Bukola, the governor. But I told him that Bukola was never a politician and that he never for once interfered in the political situation of Kwara State. But Lawal never believed me.

As God answered your prayer by giving you Lawal, now if that same God answers your prayer after the Umrah over Gbemisola, would you install her as the next Kwara State Governor?

I have not yet decided on who I will pick as candidate. I heard people saying that I would be giving the ticket to Gbemisola after Bukola but those are rumours, because I have not yet decided. If you ask me this question after Christmas this year, then I would be definite in letting you know my next candidate for the governorship of Kwara State. But as of today, I do not know who will be the next governor and I leave that to God. I want to go to Umrah and pray to God after fasting to help me because Kwara State has now gone very far. So, we want somebody who would continue and do even more than what Bukola has done. If you go to Kwara State today, you will know what I am talking about.

Maybe he deserves an extra term in office?

Bukola is serving a second term now and the law does not allow a third term, otherwise, I would have sought for him to go ahead.

Why are you always the arrowhead in championing the cause of Northern politics?

Today, I think I have a mission in the Northern Union (NU). But one of our members, just hours ago, stood up and said sir, I think we should change this Northern Union to Nigerian Union. In fact, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akinolu, told us, when last we went to visit him, that it would have been better for Nigeria if the name of the organization could be changed from Northern Union to Nigerian Union.

But let me tell you the reason behind the formation of Northern Union. Like I told you, I was the Chairman of the Constitutional Conference during the 1994 to 1995 era of Abacha. At that conference, all our deliberations and decisions were through consensus. But when we came to the issue of the election of the President, one boy from Osun State almost destroyed the conference because he insisted that, after Abacha, the next President must come from the South-West. We had to adjourn the debate till the following day. Then Abacha phoned me and said Waziri, (that was the name he used to call me because he was very close to the Emir of Ilorin and it was the Emir who told him that he was going to make me the Waziri of Ilorin), can I see you? I said C-I-C (that was what I used to call him), “I would see you immediately”. I went to see him and he said he had intelligence reports that there was going to be trouble at the Constitutional Conference the following day. I told him that I heard the rumour too but that I was not sure. He said he heard that some people in the South-West wanted to be president after his dispensation and that the following day, they would start the agitation against the North and I laughed. He now asked to know why I was laughing and I said: “C-I-C, you don’t know how the parliament works”. I promised him that we would meet the agitators force for force.

When I left him, I went to Justice Karibi-Whyte (all of this could be verified from him) and reported what Abacha told me. He wanted to know what I told Abacha. I said that I merely reassured him. I then confided in him, and urged Karibi-Whyte that on the following day, at plenary, we would allow everybody to air his or her views, while we listened without interruption. The South-West delegates again started their agitation as if they were going to burn the whole place down. For many hours, they were busy abusing everybody and did not allow any other person to contribute. But when they were tired, really tired, they said I should put the question to vote.

I reminded them that I was the chairman of the conference. I also reminded them that since the beginning of the conference, all our deliberations had been by consensus and that there was never any time we voted on any issue. I assured them that the contentious issue too would not be voted on as voting on it would divide the country. I then suggested that we set up a committee of about 50 members to go and deliberate on it and report to the conference.

You won’t believe it that the same people who had been shouting and clamouring for voting on the issue started hailing me as the good leader. The same people who had been abusing everybody.

We agreed on that and set up a committee of 50. Of course, I was chairman of that committee which comprised of traditional rulers like the Emir of Ningi, Dr. Alex Ekweme, Ojukwu among many others. It was the Emir of Ningi who was sitting by my right hand, who brought the suggestion that the North should produce the next President for eight years, followed by the South for another eight years, and so on. We all agreed. We all clapped and agreed.

The following morning, after prayers and announcements, the 50-member committee announced the details of their agreement which they had earlier communicated to me. We all agreed and it was duly recorded in the minutes of the conference. Peter Odili (ex-governor of Rivers State) was at the conference and a member of the 50-member committee alongside the former governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah. For Odili to want to succeed Obasanjo after the reversal of the decision of the conference in favour of the latter (i.e. the South) was unacceptable. I couldn’t accept that because it would be against my conscience.

My involvement in the forming and leading the NU was, therefore, to let people know how we arrived at that point in our political journey. At the end of eight years now, nobody in the North would get up to say that he wants to be President because nobody would listen to him. So, the next President after the eight-year tenure of the Northerner must come from the South. It could be from the South-West, South-East or South-South because that has been settled. Nobody from the North could come out to contest because a candidate must come from the South. This idea of rotation may not be the best arrangement in a true democracy, we just have to patch up our country.

But where is the North?

Where is the North?

Yes?

The 19-Northern states. It starts from Kwara State up North.

You know why I am asking this question?

No

You remember the other time the former president Olusegun Obasanjo was appointing people from the Middle-Belt where Kwara State incidentally belongs to sensitive national positions. The core North cried out that you were never part of them. With that stance, do you think that they would allow any of you who are not core Northerners to be President using slot of the North?

You see, you find out that people saying that are really not from the North. How can anyone say that? Of course, they regretted saying such and we really lampooned those who said that. The 19 states of the North start from Kwara up to Sokoto and Kano State.

Let’s take you back to when you had the ambition of becoming the president after IBB’s tenure. There was the rumour that he really tricked you by promising to make you the president just as he allegedly did to others. Could you clarify this issue once and for all?

Well, when we were preparing for that, I was advised by the then Chief of Army Staff, General Ibrahim Salihu, to see IBB (Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida). He arranged a meeting to give me the opportunity to find out his boss’ thinking. It was the first time. During the second meeting with him, in Minna, he told me that it was people like me, w
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by rethink: 7:56am On Aug 18, 2009
then ironsi is from sierra leone.
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by Nobody: 7:57am On Aug 18, 2009
Who doesnt know?
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by ndelta1(m): 8:15am On Aug 18, 2009
I was born and grew up here in Ilorin, am almost thirty years of age now, I have comprehensive a knowledge about Ilorin and its environs,

The above Interview is one of the numerous lies by Baba Oloyee.

The grand father was an almajiri from Iseyin as a small boy who came to Iliorin for Quranic education, He automatically became an indigine by the viture of his birth and that of the Dad.

this is not the first baba is saying this "Yes! I’m Fulani" but from different place, he was said and i quote "I’m Fulani from Keffi" "I’m Fulani from Gwandu"

you see has a lot of places he called his home, that is the politics he plays.

No indigenous Ilorin Speaks Fulani or Hausa Except those that stays in the North,

I was told of his sources of Money, The tactics he employ is that all his supporters converge at his official campaign residence and take footage and pics and send it to the the Oil Rich Arab Nation and tell them that the poeple are his responsibilities,

as for politics, he want his daughter to be the next Governor but the son is against such for its uncivilized, there is crack within the family for the two are of different mother (Bukky and Gbemi)
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by sjeezy8: 8:24am On Aug 18, 2009
Tunde idiagbon every one thought he was Yoruba he felt he was Fulani.

But then again fulanis have no actual home land

These are the clowns who are messing up the south west
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by naijaking1: 8:30am On Aug 18, 2009
Nigeria is in bad shape today, exactly for people like this man. Shame.
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by kayality: 11:15am On Aug 18, 2009
To all of you , esp n_delta,naijaking1 and jeezy8
This man has make it, don't criticism him ok, you guys should focus toward your future, so that you can make yours too, people are there making money and names, u are guys are in Nairaland debating on non concern issue, please try and make yours because this man (SARAKI) has made it both money and name in Nigeria generally try and make yours ok

MY GUY POVERTY NO GOOD OOOOO,
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by asha80(m): 11:20am On Aug 18, 2009
kayality:

To all of you , esp n_delta,naijaking1 and jeezy8
This man has make it, don't criticism him ok, you guys should focus toward your future, so that you can make yours too, people are there making money and names, u are guys are in Nairaland debating on non concern issue, please try and make yours because this man (SARAKI) has made it both money and name in Nigeria generally try and make yours ok

MY GUY POVERTY NO GOOD OOOOO,

Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by kokoA(m): 11:23am On Aug 18, 2009
What does is post seek to acheive now? What has this got to do with Nigerians. He can be from Equitorial Guinea. Rubbish!
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by KnowAll(m): 11:31am On Aug 18, 2009
The man is a smart guy just in case Yardua is not able finish his term and run in the next election, he is trying to make his son Bukola Saraki as good a contender for the northern slot for the coveted post of the Presidency as anybody from Kano, Katsina, Sokoto and any other core northern state. He has done well both professionally and politically
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by Dede1(m): 1:26pm On Aug 18, 2009
Sometimes people like Olusola Saraki give interview to impress the audience. He was totally wrong on the issue of 1964 federal election. Besides the fact that AG (Action Group) was no longer a political force it used to be due to the imprisonment of Awolowo, the alliance it formed with NCNC, NEPU and UMBC had boycotted the election due to the census saga. So during the 1964 federal election, AG was never a threat to NPC as the Alhaji had claimed.
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by davidif(m): 2:49am On Aug 19, 2009
But then again fulanis have no actual home land

These are the clowns who are messing up the south west


THEY ARE NIGERIANS SO THIS IS THERE HOMELAND AND WE LOVE THEM. By the way, were the likes of Ayo Fayose, Bola Tinubu, Oni, or Rashidi Ladoja fulani? please let us stop this silly divisions. They are Nigerians and they should be given the privileges of every other Nigerian citizen.
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by pcicero(m): 3:10am On Aug 19, 2009
Quote from Baba Olole (Saraki)
"People are just reading political meanings to my actions. My Islamic name is Abubakar. When were growing up in Lagos in those days, unless you were a Christian or bore a native indigenous name, you couldn’t get a school. If I wanted to be admitted to a school, I had to drop Abubakar in favour of Sola as virtually all the schools belonged to Christian organizations. It is not correct that I was changing names to garner votes. Politicians invent those kinds of stories against their opponents. You, yourself, should know who you are."
Then must you continue the deceit by naming your children - Bukola, Gbemisola, Laolu (Special Adviser to Yar Adua) all Yoruba names.
We have heard enough, if you like come from Jupiter. Do you think the Yorubas consider you as one of them? Ask Afenifere if in doubt. oloshi
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by davidylan(m): 3:31am On Aug 19, 2009
People are just reading political meanings to my actions. My Islamic name is Abubakar. When were growing up in Lagos in those days, unless you were a Christian or bore a native indigenous name, you couldn’t get a school. If I wanted to be admitted to a school, I had to drop Abubakar in favour of Sola as virtually all the schools belonged to Christian organizations. It is not correct that I was changing names to garner votes. Politicians invent those kinds of stories against their opponents. You, yourself, should know who you are.

where were his quranic schools?
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by AloyEmeka6: 4:06am On Aug 19, 2009
pcicero:

Quote from Baba Olole (Saraki)
"People are just reading political meanings to my actions. My Islamic name is Abubakar. When were growing up in Lagos in those days, unless you were a Christian or bore a native indigenous name, you couldn’t get a school. If I wanted to be admitted to a school, I had to drop Abubakar in favour of Sola as virtually all the schools belonged to Christian organizations. It is not correct that I was changing names to garner votes. Politicians invent those kinds of stories against their opponents. You, yourself, should know who you are."
Then must you continue the deceit by naming your children - Bukola, Gbemisola, Laolu (Special Adviser to Yar Adua) all Yoruba names.
We have heard enough, if you like come from Jupiter. Do you think the Yorubas consider you as one of them? Ask Afenifere if in doubt. oloshi


Olusola Saraki is a Yoruba man. He can deny it till his death but we know who he is. If he is Fulani who dropped his name because Muslims were intimidated during his school days in Nigeria, why didn't he name his children accordingly?. But, everybody has a right to decide what he is.

What about your ancestral lineage? People have accused you of bearing [b]Alhaji Abubakar Saraki when you needed votes from the North, Chief Olusola Saraki when you needed votes from the South-West and in the South-East and South-South, you answered Dr. Sola Sarak[/b]i
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by AloyEmeka6: 4:09am On Aug 19, 2009
I have not yet decided on who I will pick as candidate. I heard people saying that I would be giving the ticket to Gbemisola after Bukola but those are rumours, because I have not yet decided. If you ask me this question after Christmas this year, then I would be definite in letting you know my next candidate for the governorship of Kwara State. But as of today, I do not know who will be the next governor and I leave that to God. I want to go to Umrah and pray to God after fasting to help me because Kwara State has now gone very far. So, we want somebody who would continue and do even more than what Bukola has done. If you go to Kwara State today, you will know what I am talking about.

Maybe he deserves an extra term in office?

Bukola is serving a second term now and the law does not allow a third term, otherwise, I would have sought for him to go ahead.

It is obvious what they are practicing in Kwara is demoSaraki and not democracy.  He is not even ashamed about imposing a candidate on a state whether they like it or not.


When I wanted to put Lawal there, I went for Umrah for the same purpose since the previous three governors did not perform to my expectation. I went to Umrah and sought forgiveness and true guidance. I prayed to God that I wanted somebody who would take care of Kwara State for me. I went to Umrah and I called Mallams to join me and together, we prayed to God. Lawal was among us, praying and he was saying, as I later gathered God, “make me the one to give this Saraki man what he wanted for Kwara State”.
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by sjeezy8: 6:24am On Aug 19, 2009
davidif:



THEY ARE NIGERIANS SO THIS IS THERE HOMELAND AND WE LOVE THEM. By the way, were the likes of Ayo Fayose, Bola Tinubu, Oni, or Rashidi Ladoja fulani? please let us stop this silly divisions. They are Nigerians and they should be given the privileges of every other Nigerian citizen.

I said these are the ILORIN clowns that are tryin to appeal to the north by stating fulani ancestory. It isn't a matter of whether there Nigerians or not, simply they(Yorubas who claim fulani) ARE the ones causing division for personal gains. Oni, Tinubu, never played the "im fulani" card just to gain favorance from the north.

and im talkin about ilorin people Kwara state in general one day they are yoruba the next they are Fulani -Hausas. Many, Yoruba muslims simply state "Im yoruba and islam is my faith". There are alot of yorubas who are mixed with fulani but simply say "I'm yoruba" because they do not associate with fulani language or culture.

HE SAID HE HIS ANCESTORS CAME FROM MALI- AS I SAID FULANIS ARE MIGRATERS AND LIVE WHERE EVER FITS THEM BEST.

Like i said this clown is just tryin to play to the north at the PRESENT time by stating ilorin people are similar to the north which is NOT true the only thing in common is religion and fulani blood nothing else. He speaks yoruba, bears yoruba name- The guy is yoruba. Thus he just has an inferiority complex.

IF A PERSON IS NIGERIAN THEN GREAT BUT WE DO NOT NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BEING A MALI-FULANI OR WHAT EVER!!!!
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by KnowAll(m): 12:01pm On Aug 19, 2009
The Old oyo empire's border was as far north as Minna, hence similarities of names between Niger state citizens and yorubas.

The solution to the undue influence of the fulani and the Saraki family in particular in Ilorin is the indigenous yorubas should nominate for themselves an oba just in the same mould as the eze indigbo of lagos that way will free them from the shackles of the Saraki family and the fulani haegenomy forever. They will be able to form and organise themselves into a strong opposing bloc that will challenge the Saraki's family dominance of all spheres of live in that state.
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by kayality: 12:13pm On Aug 19, 2009
@ N_delta ONLY

even if the man is from Bakasi or Ijaw is not a Nigeria what is your concern,pls can u tel me types of nationality (kadriyahaya@yahoo.com)

OTHERS

please guys find something else to do rather than wasting ur time, comet on this man.
k, please
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by vigasimple(m): 12:25pm On Aug 19, 2009
KnowAll:

The man is a smart guy just in case Yardua is not able finish his term and run in the next election, he is trying to make his son Bukola Saraki as good a contender for the northern slot for the coveted post of the Presidency as anybody from Kano, Katsina, Sokoto and any other core northern state. He has done well both professionally and politically

People don't learn from History. The North are politically savy than the south especially the south west.

When it suits the North MKO Abiola was their man who was msulim and allow NPN inroad to South (and south west in particular). When he won election he became kaferi eating with Southern christians, what he has been doing since his birth.

Saraki want relevance, and claimed Kwara state is part of the North, geographically they are not, they are under the Niger river border.

Even if they are accepted as 'North' , he or any of his family or tenth generation descendant whether or not are of FULANI extract will never be allowed the Presidency by the North by claiming they are from the North or that they are FULANI

He is using the North to gain relevance In Kwara and the North is using him to make hold on Kwara as a Northern state. There may be a lot of Muslim in Kwara as in lagos, it does not make them part of the North.


Niger state has so much in common with the old Oyo empire but it is not South. SANGO's(yoruba god of thunder) mother was from NUPE in niger state.

Nigeria political class are full of shameless liars no matter their education, age or background , and bloddy opportunist for that matter. and above that, THEY ACTUALLY DONT DO ANYTHING FOR THEIR OWN PEOPLE.

IMAGINE SOMEONE CLAIMING TO BE EARNING £500,000 in 1962 straight from Medical school. OLD LIAR
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by daddee: 12:25pm On Aug 19, 2009
The origin of this man doesn't matter. Ha has made a name, he has made his money and he has power (Kwara state is his estate/compound atleast). Nigeria is too porous to argue anybody's nationality. Just leave this man alone and work on your own journey to the top.
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by kuramo: 12:38pm On Aug 19, 2009
If Dr Olusola Saraki or is it Alhaji Abubarka El Sar 'aki or is it Chief Saraki claims to be a Fulani from Mali. Here is the solution to his identity crisis.

The Nigerian Immigration should simply deport him and his entire family back to Mali so he can be with his Fulani brethren.

He can then use his questionable wealth to contest for the Presidency of Mali.
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by Remii(m): 12:45pm On Aug 19, 2009
@kuramo, where would the immigration deport the Fernandezs, da Costas, Jose, Da Rochas to, Brazil I guess, the Yorubas claimed they are from the East , Egypt or Mecca, are you deporting them too, some Ibos claimed they are the lost Israelis are they going back also?
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by muhsin(m): 12:48pm On Aug 19, 2009
davidylan:

where were his quranic schools?

Kai David! grin grin grin

You get a real job.

Continue.

kuramo:

If Dr Olusola Saraki or is it Alhaji Abubarka El Sar 'aki or is it Chief Saraki claims to be a Fulani from Mali. Here is the solution to his identity crisis.

The Nigerian Immigration should simply deport him and his entire family back to Mali so he can be with his Fulani brethren.

He can then use his questionable wealth to contest for the Presidency of Mali.



Very funny input.
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by kuramo: 2:30pm On Aug 19, 2009
Going back to Mali will give Sultan Olusola Abubarka Sar' aki the opportunity of turning Mali into his private enterprise just as he did Kwara State.

He can then install his son Bukola Saraki as the President of Mali whilst appointing himself as Mali ambassador to Nigeria, that allows him the chance to continue living in his present mansion in Abuja.

What a good life for some.
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by kayality: 2:44pm On Aug 19, 2009
@ Remii THANKS VERY MUCH


LEAVE THE GUY (KURAMO) ALONE MAY BE THEY WE DEPORT ALL OF US FROM THIS NIGERIA BECAUSE WE ALL GENERATE FROM ONE PLACE,YOU CAN JUST JUMP DOWN FROM HEAVEN WITHOUT ORIGINALITY

@ muhsin THANKS VERY MUCH TOO
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by AloyEmeka6: 3:59pm On Aug 19, 2009
muhsin:

Kai David! grin grin grin

You get a real job.

Continue.

But where were the quranic schools then?
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by Ibime(m): 4:23pm On Aug 19, 2009
Any people who follow the tenets of Islam in Nigeria are conquered people. This is not a biased statement, but a historical fact. The people of Kwara live under the Fulani empire whether they know it or not, and as such, Fulani control of government and social institutions will be propagated in their homeland just as it is in Hausa and Kanuri land. He who is wise must resist the incursion of Fulani hegemonists into subsaharan Africa to prevent the forced imposition of antiquated and retrogressive Fulani system of Government which promotes feudalism, lordship and serfdom. Infact, the whole of Nigeria lives under the Fulani empire and Southern Nigerians must extricate themselves from this retrogressive dictatorship by hook or crook. Those who are bound to eternal serfdom by virtue of religious ties with the Fulani can do so of their own accord, but as far as I am concerned, the prime motive for Fulani expansion into equitorial Africa was not to spread Islam, but to spread Imperialism.
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by AloyEmeka6: 4:58pm On Aug 19, 2009
Ibime:

Any people who follow the tenets of Islam in Nigeria are conquered people. This is not a biased statement, but a historical fact. The people of Kwara live under the Fulani empire whether they know it or not, and as such, Fulani control of government and social institutions will be propagated in their homeland just as it is in Hausa and Kanuri land. He who is wise must resist the incursion of Fulani hegemonists into subsaharan Africa to prevent the forced imposition of antiquated and retrogressive Fulani system of Government which promotes feudalism, lordship and serfdom. Infact, the whole of Nigeria lives under the Fulani empire and Southern Nigerians must extricate themselves from this retrogressive dictatorship by hook or crook. Those who are bound to eternal serfdom by virtue of religious ties with the Fulani can do so of their own accord, but as far as I am concerned, the prime motive for Fulani expansion into equitorial Africa was not to spread Islam, but to spread Imperialism.
What of Saudi? Are they conquered people?
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by kuramo: 5:38pm On Aug 19, 2009
@ Remii

Cheer up, nobody is going to deport our dear friend Dr Olusola Saraki. I actually admire the man for his candour and the fact that he is a medic.


@ Kayality

My comments were meant as a satire, in any case learn not to be disparaging about other people's opinion. Try making your own point and stick to it.
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by AloyEmeka6: 5:47pm On Aug 19, 2009
Remii:

@kuramo, where would the immigration deport the Fernandezs, da Costas, Jose, Da Rochas to, Brazil I guess, the Yorubas claimed they are from the East , Egypt or Mecca, are you deporting them too, some Ibos claimed they are the lost Israelis are they going back also?
Wouldn't it be better to deport all the hausas, igbos and Yorubas to where they come from so that the original inhabitants of Nigeria can take over the country and put it in order. It is the immigrants that are causing wahala in Nigeria. grin grin
Re: Saraki: I Am Fulani From Mali by Nobody: 7:13pm On Aug 19, 2009
Is Iseyin also in Mali, or what kind of daft thread is this.

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