Wole Adedeji, Ilorin
Father of the Kwara State governor, Alhaji Abdul Ganiy Folorunsho AbdulRazaq a.k.a AGF is dead. He was 93 years old.
Elder brother of the governor, Dr. Alimi Abdul-Razaq broke the news in Ilorin, Kwara State on Saturday in a statement.
The late patriarch of the AbdulRazaq family who was a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and indeed, the first lawyer in Northern Nigeria was reputed to be at the forefront of the building of what later became Kwara State since Nigeria’s independence.
Alimi AbdulRazaq in his statement had said; “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. He was born in 1927.
“The Mutawali of Ilorin and Tafida of Zazzau(Zaria), who was Chairman of the Nigerian Body of Benchers, died peacefully at about 2a.m. on Saturday July 25th, 2020 (the 4th day of Dhul-Hijjah 1441 AH.)
“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.
“Arrangement for his interment will be announced by the family shortly”.
Meanwhile, condolence messages had been pouring in at the time of filing this report on Saturday among who was the Deputy Governor, Mr. Kayode Alabi, government cabinet members, political associates, traditional rulers and chiefs, family friends and various interest groups.