- Deji Jakande has explained how his father, Alhaji Lateef, died
- The former governor of Lagos state breathed his last on Thursday, February 11
- Deji said his father would be sorely missed by Nigerians
Deji, a former member of the House of Representatives and son of the late former governor of Lagos state, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, has said his father did not show any sign of illness in the last 24 hours.
The Nation reports that Deji said Jakande fondly called Baba Kekere by admirers, revalidated his membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday, February 10.
Legit.ng gathered that he said his late father took his pap and crayfish on Wednesday, adding that the deceased was reading newspaper without glasses.
“We thank God for his life. He was not sick. He took his pap and crayfish yesterday. He was still reading his newspapers without glasses.
“We had stopped visitors from going to him because of COVID-19 because he likes shaking people. Today (yesterday), he was about to take his breakfast. Suddenly, he couldn’t breathe again. We called the doctor to come and examine him. That was between 10.30 am and 11.am.
“Many people have been calling. The governor, the deputy governor, the party chairman had called. He will be buried tomorrow after Jumat Service before 4 pm at the Vaults and Gardens, Ikoyi.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a widely-respected political icon and mentor, Alhaji Jakande, died on Thursday morning, February 11, at the age of 91.
It was reported that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the death of the late statesman in a post on his Twitter page, describing Jakande's demise as an end to a journey that stopped in the course of service to "humanity."
Jakande was born on July 23, 1929, in Epetedo, Lagos, though his parents are from Omu-Aran community in Kwara. He died on Thursday, February 11.
He was appointed editor-in-chief of the newspaper in 1956. After leaving the Tribune in 1975, Jakande established John West Publications.