Former Governor of Lagos State Chief Lateef Jakande who died today at 91 has start attracting tributes from prominent Nigerians.
News Mail Nigeria reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said Chief Lateef Jakande lived for the good of others.
The statement was titled “President Buhari pays tribute to Lateef Jakande, says he lived for others.”
It read, “President Muhammadu Buhari believes former Governor of Lagos State, Chief Lateef Jakande, lived for the good of others, state and country, and his legacy of standing for all that was right for humanity would be long remembered.
“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.”
Leading Yoruba Socio-Cultural group, Afenifere , has also paid tribute a fallen Iroko tree in Yoruba land.
Yinka Odumakin, the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, said this in a statement entitled, ‘Adieu our LKJ’.
“Afenifere deeply mourns the death of the first executive Governor of Lagos state, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande at the age of 91. Alhaji Jakande was the last of the LOOBO (Lagos, Oyo, Ondo, Bendel and Ogun) Governors who faithfully implemented the UPN five cardinal programmes.
“His implementation of the free education programme especially the phasing out of the shift programme in Lagos schools was swift and revolutionary. He served Lagos without greed and covetousness.