Okei-Odumakin mourns Jakande, first civilian Gov. of Lagos


By Oluwatope Lawanson

Lagos, Feb. 11, 2021 Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, a human rights campaigner, has described the death of the first civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, as painful.

Okei-Odumakin, also the President of ‘Women Arise’ said this in a condolence message, on Thursday, in Lagos.

Naija247news reports that the late Jakande died on Thursday morning at 91.

She said the late governor, fondly called Baba Kekere, was a man with an unequalled match in terms of morals, values and convictions.

The activist noted that, as the first governor of Lagos State, the deceased’s legacy and achievements were legendary spanning education, housing, transformation and other areas of human endeavours.

“Thus, Jakande immortalised his name in the history of Lagos, in particular, and Nigeria as a whole.

“Jakande governed Lagos without moving to the Government House, making use of his own personal home throughout his tenure.

“He also drove in his own personal car, thereby leading a life worthy of emulation by public servants.

“He unequivocally made the point by his personal examples, sacrifices and self-denials that public trust is sacred and should never be abused in whatever guise,’’ Okei-Odumakin, said.

She recommended that Jakande’s ideals and beliefs be replicated by present-day public servants and political leaders.

“This is in recognition of his commitment to the ideals of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, which has left an indelible print in the sands of time.

“This is far better than silver and gold.

“It is our prayer that God Almighty continues to protect the family he has left behind,’’ she said.