Gbemi Saraki, Minister of State for Transport, has reacted to the demolition of her father’s property in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The state government on Thursday, brought down a property, known as ‘Ile Arugbo’, belonging to Shola Saraki, her father.
Recalled that Governor AbdulRazaq-led administration had claimed that the property did not have a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O), and that no dime was paid to the state government, before the land was “grabbed” by Saraki’s family.
It was reported that security operatives had in the early hours of Thursday, dispersed protesters, including aged women within the complex, while the demolition was going on.
The state government had seized the land late in December, saying it was meant for the construction of the new state secretariat.
Reacting to the development, the minister said “We have a history and we are proud of that history”.
In a statement issued by Titilope Anifowose, her special assistant, after the land was taken over, Gbemi disclosed that she had renamed her movement as “GRS-OLOYE”, in perceived solidarity with her family.
“So many things have happened this year, in fact, right up to the very dying hours of the year, but we will continue to take brave and faithful steps.
“We will continue to walk in the alight even though we have no idea what will happen next, though we are comforted, encouraged and reassured with this: ‘But they plan and Allah plans and Allah is the best of planners’ 8:30.
“So GRS Family, we are going to be known NOW as GRS-OLOYE Movement.
“We have a history and we are proud of that history. May Allah forgive the sins of ALL our dearly departed and may He make us worthy representatives of all that they stood for,” the statement read in part.