Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has bemoaned the sad news of the death of the second republic Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, describing him as one of the honest, selfless and faithful leaders Nigeria has produced.
Alhaji Jakande died yesterday at the age of 91.
Recalling the life and times of the former governor of Lagos State, Governor Uzodimma said Lagos Sate in particular and Nigeria in general will sorely miss Jakande because of his populist programmes that stood him out as governor endeared him to the people.
Governor Uzodimma regretted that Nigeria has lost such a humble, sincere, committed progressive leader whose legacies, both tangible and intangible, are there for everyone to see, when his wise counsel was still needed.
The Imo State governor therefore commiserated with the Government and people of Lagos State over the loss and encouraged them to be consoled by the fact that Alhaji Jakande, popularly called Baba Kekere, left imprints that today’s generation and generation yet unborn will point to and learn lessons from.
Governor Uzodimma also prayed God Almighty to console the widow and children of the deceased as well as all that he has left behind to mourn his death.
He specifically prayed God to grant the soul of Alhaji Jakande a peaceful repose.