- President Buhari has commented on the death of the late Lateef Jakande, a former governor of Lagos state
- The Nigerian president extolled the virtues of the late politician
- Buhari said the achievements recorded by Jakande in Lagos is amazing
President Muhammadu Buhari has said the late former governor of Lagos state, Chief Lateef Jakande, will be remembered for the good he did to others.
The Nigerian president in a statement on Thursday, February 11, through a spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said the late politician left a legacy behind.
Buhari said Jakande who once served as a former minister of works contributed to the growth of democracy and good governance in the country.
He described the late elder statesman as a patriot who put people first in development plans.
The statement read in part:
‘’The President, while condoling with family, friends and associates of the elder statesman, affirms that his imprint on the commercial nerve centre of the country, Lagos State, which was the former National capital, will continue to awe and inspire, reminding everyone of the strength of character and sacrifices of the visionary leader.’’
Meanwhile, former president, Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the late governor of Lagos state, Alhaji Lateef Jakande served the country principally through journalism and newspaper management before becoming an active politician.
Legit.ng reports that in his condolence letter to the wife of the late first civilian governor, Alhaja Sikirat Abimbola, a copy of which was made available to the newsmen by his media assistant, Kehinde Akinyemi, in Abeokuta, Obasanjo said Jakande deserved all accolades poured on him over his death.
Obasanjo who went down memory lane on the pen profession of the late governor stated that his success catapulted him to the height he got to in the public office.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lateef Jakande's death was announced on Thursday, February 11, by the current Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Alhaji Jakande was a former journalist who became governor of Lagos state in Nigeria from 1979 to 1983, and later was minister of works under the Late Sani Abacha military regime.
Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.