……as Speaker Commiserates With Gov. Abdulrazaq, Family
By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
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-year-old in Abuja.
He was born in 1927.
This was contained in a statement by Dr Alimi AbdulRazaq on Saturday.
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.
The statement stated that arrangements for his interment will be announced by the family shortly.
However, the Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Danladi-Salihu has commiserated with His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kwara state – Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, the Emir of Ilorin, HRH, Alh. Dr. Ibrahim Zulu Gambari and Abdulrazaq family over the death of the first lawyer in the northern Nigeria region and patriarch of Abdulrazaq family – Alh. Abdulganiyu Folohunsho AbdulRazaq (SAN).
Late AGF Abdulrazaq, who was the first Finance commissioner for Kwara state, and Chairman, Nigeria body of Benchers until his demise, died early today at the age of 93 in Abuja.
The condolence message personally signed by the Speaker stated.
“On behalf of my family, Honorable members, management and staff of the 9th Kwara state House of Assembly, I commiserate with His Excellency, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, His Royal Highness the Emir of Ilorin and Abdulrazaq family over the death of our father, the Mutawali of Ilorin, Alh. AGF Abdulrazaq (SAN)”.
“Baba’s demise is not a loss for Abdulrazaq’s family, but to the entirety of Kwarans and Nigerians at large, given his monumental sacrifices and commitment to the socioeconomic and political development of the State and country, in his personal, professional and political capacity.
“Aside being the first Lawyer in Northern Nigeria, Alh. AGF Abdulrazaq served Nigeria as a special member of the Northern House of Assembly from 1960 – 1962 following the Country’s independence, he was also the Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Ivory Coast between 1962 to 1964 and later, member of the Federal Parliament from 1964 to 1966 as the Federal Cabinet Minister of State for Transport, before he became the first Kwara State Commissioner of Finance, Health and Social welfare from 1967 – 1972.
“Baba was also also reputed for establishing the first private secondary school in Ilorin, the Kwara state Capital.
“While we wished Alh. AGF Abdulrazaq stayed longer to continue guiding and inspiring us in our strides to realize a greater Kwara, which he spent productive parts of his life pursuing, we take solace in the fact that he lived and died a fulfilled man”, Danladi-Salihu said.
He, therefore, prayed Allah SWT to forgive the deceased and grant him eternal rest, and the family fortitude to bear the great loss.