- The reported death of the former governor of Lagos state has generated reactions on social media
- Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the first civilian governor, died on Thursday, February 11
- Nigerians across the country have paid tribute to the late politician on social media
The Nigerian online community is currently buzzing with reactions following the death of Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the former governor of Lagos state.
The 91-year-old was reported to have died on Thursday, February 11. Alhaji Jakande was a former journalist who became governor of Lagos state in Nigeria from 1979 to 1983.
He later served as minister of works under the late Sani Abacha military regime.
However, as soon as the latest news on his death emerged, Nigerians across the country paid tribute to the politician on social media. Some others used the opportunity to eulogise the first civilian governor of Lagos state.
Legit.ng has compiled some reactions to the news:
Politicians pay tribute to Jakande:
Governor Godwin Obaseki sympathises with Lagosians.
Former presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, said he admired Jakande.
A legend and the peoples' leader.
A man who engraved his name in the hearts of Lagosians.
Nigeria will never forget Jakande.
The best Lagos state governor.
His legacies remain.
A tweep said Jakande's name is written in gold.
Prominent Niger Delta leader is laid to rest
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the remains of the first indigenous military governor of Akwa Ibom state, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (rtd), was laid to rest on Saturday, February 6.
The funeral had in attendance Governor Udom Emmanuel and wife, Martha, the governor of Bayelsa state, Senator Douye Diri, representatives from the Nigerian Air Force, and other prominent Nigerians.
Speaking at the funeral, with his words posted on his social media pages, Governor Emmanuel expressed sadness over the shocking passage of Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga, stating that a vacuum has been created in the Niger Delta.
Former deputy governor dies
In a related development, an elder statesman, Jethro Akun, who once served as the interim deputy governor of Plateau state died at the age of 76.
Akun died on Thursday morning, February 4, after a brief illness. Prior to his death, the politician was a key member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Plateau state government in a statement confirmed the demise of the ex-deputy governor
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