Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has mourned the death of a former governor of Lagos State, Lateef Jakande who died on Thursday.
In a terse statement on Thursday, Mr Atiku described one of the last icons of our nationhood, “whose life is [full of] enormous examples that we can get inspiration from in the much-needed drive in rebuilding our psyche as a people”.
He said: “It is with a mixed feeling of soberness and joy that I join relatives and admirers to mourn the demise of the late first civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande.
“I am sober because Alhaji Jakande until his passing today remained one of the last icons of our nationhood and in whose life are enormous examples that we can get inspiration from in the much-needed drive in rebuilding our psyche as a people.
“In the same breath, I am happy that the late Jakande lived a remarkable life by his enigmatic stature as a journalist, an administrator and a politician,” he added.
Mr Abubakar noted that Mr Jakande’s legacy remains emblematic of good governance and infrastructure development, not just in Lagos State but in the whole of the country.
“His works in promoting qualitative public education and welfare in public service will continue to stand for him as a glowing tribute of the life of service that he lived.
“I also join the government and good people of Lagos State to mourn the illustrious individual whose good name shall remain written in gold in our heart,” he lamented.
Offering his condolence, Mr Abubakar said: “I pray that the Almighty Allah accepts his soul and grants him Al Jannah Firdaus.”