Prominent Nigerians Eulogize Lateef Jakande

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo says the late former governor of Lagos State, Alh. Lateef Jakande served the country principally through journalism and newspaper management before joining active politics. 

The former president in a condolence letter to the wife of the late first civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaja Sikirat Abimbola, made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, stressed that late Jakande deserved all accolades on his demise.

Chief Obasanjo explained that pen profession catapulted the late politician to the height he got to in public office.

The former president said Alhaji Lateef Jakande was a master of the craft of column-writing and helped in the professional re-orientation of the younger generation of journalists in all the media organisations he worked.

Chief Obasanjo prayed to Almighty Allah to grant late Lateef Kayode Jakande’s family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. 

Similarly, Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has described the demise of the first civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, as a colossal loss to Nigeria and journalism practice globally.

In a statement in Abeokuta, Governor Abiodun described Alhaji Jakande as an excellent welfarist and democrat who was not found wanting in character and disposition throughout his professional and political career. 

While pointing out that his modesty and exceptional skills in managing the affairs of Lagos State could not be over emphasised,

The Governor said the deceased was consistent in standing for truth and integrity throughout his sojourn on earth.

Governor Abiodun said the entire Country, Africa and the whole world would not forget Alhaji Jakande for fighting a good fight, adding that his example of honour and dignity would continue to inspire future generations.

He prayed that Almighty Allah would grant his family, the government and people of Lagos State the fortitude to bear the great loss

In a Related Development, Former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba says the late first civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande worked very hard to address welfare of the people of the state.

The Former governor in a condolence message issued in Abeokuta stated that the late politician and journalist left a giant footprints with his selfless services at both the state and federal level.

Chief Osoba emphasized that the decease will be remember as a journalism personification and a political colossus, who founded both the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ).

He also recalled the activities of the late former Lagos state governor to include being the first black African, Chairman of the International Press Institute, made up of Publishers and Editors all over the world and  a foundation member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists and Guild of Editors and prayed to Allah to forgive his short comings.


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