First civilian governor of Lagos State, Lateef Jakande dies at 91

NEWSMAN, Lagos – Former Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, is dead.

He was the first civilian Governor of Lagos State and served from October 1, 1979, to December 31, 1983.

He became governor under the platform Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) founded by a former Premier of the Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo.

He reportedly died on Thursday at the age of 91.

Jakande, aka Baba Kekere, brought a lot of development to Lagos as governor. He was responsible for the introduction of housing and educational programs, which focused on building new primary and secondary schools in the neighbourhood and ensuring free education at the primary and secondary school level.

Incumbent Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who confirmed the passage of the elder statesman in a statement said “His death is a colossal loss and he will be missed.

 “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.

“Baba Jakande’s record of service as a journalist of repute and a leader of remarkable achievements as governor of Lagos State will remain indelible for generations to come.

 “On behalf of the Government and people of Lagos State, I want to express my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and comrades of Baba Jakande.

“May Allah grant him Aljanat Firdaus, Aamin.”

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