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First Civilian Governor of Lagos, Lateef Jakande, is Dead

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The first civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, is dead.

He died in the early hours of Thursday at the age of 91.

News of his death is still sketchy on Thursday afternoon.

WESTERN POST spoke with one of his sons who is a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Deji Jakande, who confirmed the transition of his father.

He said his father lived a good life in the service of the people.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu also announced the transition in a tweet on his Twitter handle on Thursday afternoon.

He thanked God that the former governor lived a worthy life spent in the service of the people.

He said: “With gratitude to God for a worthy life well spent in the service of Lagos State, Nigeria, and humanity, I announce the death of a venerable statesman, outstanding politician, public administrator, and the first civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande.”

Former governor Jakande had been battling age-related ailment for some time now. He had not been seen in public in recent time.

A former frontline journalist, Jakande became governor of Lagos State in Nigeria from 1979 to 1983.

He was one of the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria governors during the Second Republic.

Jakande was one of the disciples of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo. He did so well as governor that he was nicknamed Baba Kekere after the late Awolowo who was Baba.

He fought for the annulment of June 12 election. But it was a denouement in his brilliant political career when he accepted to serve as  Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military regime in 1994.

 

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