Former Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and for House of Assembly Speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji have described the death of the first civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande as an end of a great era of progressive politics.
Ambode said: “The news of the demise of Baba Jakande came to me as a rude shock. He was ripe at age, but we had hoped he would live to celebrate a centenary. He further stressed that his life symbolised humility, uprightness and honesty. He was an exemplary leader, a perfect gentleman and a man of integrity and character. Lagos will forever be grateful to him for his unparalled service.
“When I was in office I always looked forward to his fatherly advice and encouragement. Apart from that was his visible presence at state events, even with his health condition never deterred him from giving his support. This shows how he lived a very humbled and upright life throughout his sojourn here on earth.”
Ikuforiji, in a statement, said he felt a great sense of loss when he learnt of the passing of Jakande, noting that it was not just about how long he lived for, but the footprints he left behind.
“The first thing that came to my mind, I felt a sense of great loss. It’s not about baba’s age, it’s about what he lived for and what he did. His passage signifies the end of a great era, the era of progressive politics, progressivism in the South West and indeed Nigeria,” he said.
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