The president of Nigerian, Muhammadu Buhari joined millions of Nigerian yesterday as they mourns the passing of Alhaji Abdulganiyu Folorunsho Abdulrazaq, SAN, Northem Nigeria’first lawyer and father of the kwara state Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq passesed on at the age of 93-years in Abuja, as the nation lost one of the greatest legal minds.
Matawali of Ilorin and Tafidan Zazzau (Zaria), Buhari said he was highly saddened by news of the demise of the stateman and outstanding parliamentarian of his time.
“We will remember him as one of this country’s greatest legal minds and a national leader. He garnered respect that transcended our barriers visible and otherwise. His enormous contribution to the welfare of the people of his community.
“Whenever our Nation loses an elder in the class of Alhaji AbdulRazaq, it should serve as a moment of reflection on how the lives they lived and their sacrifices built the foundation of what we must continue to strengthen.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of our nation, i hereby extend our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the Governor of Kwara State – Alhaji Abdulrahaman AbdulRazaq and his family, His Highness, Emir Sulu Gambari of Ilorin, and the people of Kwara State. We pray for the eternal peace of his soul,” the president said.
The late AbdulRazaq, who was the Mutawali of Ilorin, Tafida of Zazzau (Zaria) and Chairman of the Nigerian Body of Benchers, reportedly died peacefully at about 2am Saturday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
“With total submission to the will of the Almighty Allah, the AbdulRazaqs of Ilorin Emirate of Kwara State hereby announce the passing of their patriarch and statesman, Alhaji AbdulGaniyu Folorunsho Abdul-Razaq SAN (OFR) at the age of 93 in Abuja and was born in 1927.
“The first lawyer from the Northern Region is survived by his 90-year-old wife Alhaja Raliat AbdulRazaq, illustrious children (including incumbent Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq), and grandchildren.