..Says he lived for others, his demise a monumental loss
President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tribute to former Second Republic governor of Lagos State, Chief Lateef Jakande, who died yesterday at the age of 91.
Buhari, according to a statement by presidential spokesman Femi Adesina, said “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, affirmed that Jakande’s imprint on the commercial nerve centre of the country, Lagos State, which was the former nation’s capital, will continue to awe and inspire, reminding everyone of the strength of character and sacrifices of the visionary leader.
In the same vein, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, in his tribute, said Nigeria has lost one of its exemplary political leaders and administrators with his death.
Lawan says Alhaji Jakande lived a long and inspirational life that found fulfilment in the service of humanity.
The Senate President said the LateJakande made sterling contributions to the development of journalism in Nigeria before replicating his indelible footprints on the political and economic development of Nigeria, with his landmark achievements as the first elected governor of Lagos State.
Similarly, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has described the demise of Jakande as a monumental loss.
The Speaker said the Late Jakande would be sorely missed by the people, especially Lagosians, and that he would be remembered for his developmental strides in the State.
Gbajabiamila said Jakande’s invaluable contributions to making Lagos what it is today would never be erased, noting that the former Lagos governor was an embodiment of progress.