Senate president Bukola Saraki has mourned the death of the Balogun Fulani of Ilorin, Alhaji Mahmud Durosinlohun Atiku at the age of 76. In a statement by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his special adviser, media and publicity, in Abuja, Saraki described the death as a personal loss to him and a colossal loss to the Ilorin Emirate, the government and people of Kwara state and the entire country.
“He was an educationist par excellence who used his knowledge and wealth of experience to enrich the upcoming generation as a former Principal of the Government Technical College, Jebba.
“His achievements marked him out for higher offices among which was his appointment as the Daudu of Afon town by the Emir of Ilorin – a position he held till he was elevated to the post of the Balogun Fulani of Ilorin 15 years ago.
“On the political front, he was a progressive who ensured that peace reigned in the Emirate and beyond. As a committed peacemaker, he mediated and helped resolve several community disputes and clashes, among others.
“I am indeed pained by his demise. I shall sorely miss his fatherly advice and counsel. I give glory to Allah for his glorious life. He was a constant source of inspiration to me. I cannot believe he has departed so soon,” he said.