A former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Olusegun Olulade, has described the death of the first civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, as big loss not only to the state but the entire Nigeria.
Speaking in a statement issued on Thursday in Lagos, Olulade, who represented Epe Constituency 2 between 2011 and 2019, said with the death of Jakande, he just lost his political mentor.
Alhaji Jakande died in the early hours of Thursday at the ripe age of 91.
Speaking in the statement, the former lawmaker noted that the death of the venerable statesman, outstanding politician, public administrator came to him as a rude shock, saying, “I was not expecting the death of baba at this time.
“I would have loved we have him around for more years. For so many people who do not know, Baba Jakande was the man who motivated me to go into politics. This is because as a young boy, I was opportune to meet Baba and the opportunity of that handshake I had with him then motivated me to join politics and today, I can say that I never regretted that meeting with him.
“If I start to enumerate the achievements of Baba Jakande, I won’t be able to list everything here but as one of the beneficiaries of his policy on education, I can say that through that, I was able to go to school up to University level.
“If we are to talk about low cost housing estates, the evidence is there for everyone to see. Go to Amuwo Odofin, go to Isolo, go to Abesan, they are there for people to see.
“His track record as a journalist cannot be overemphasized. This death is shocking. But in all, I personally want to thank God for the longevity of life given to Baba but as we all know, no one is willing to lose their loved ones,” the lawmaker stated.
The lawmaker, however, commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased over the irreparable loss. He also commiserated with the Lagos State government, praying that God Almighty will grant the deceased eternal rest.