Twitter react as former Lagos governor, Lateef Jakande, dies at 91

Twitter react as former Lagos governor, Lateef Jakande, dies at 91

Former Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, is dead, He reportedly died on Thursday at the age of 91.

Jakande, aka Baba Kekere, brought a lot of development to Lagos as governor between October 1, 1979 and December 31, 1983, in line with the five cardinal programmes of the Unity Party of Nigeria founded by a former Premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

Incumbent Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, confirmed the passage of the elder statesman in a statement.

He wrote, “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.

“His death is a colossal loss and he will be missed.

“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.”
Here is the reactions of twitter users about the death of Alhaji Lateef Jakande.
@cchukudebelu “In remembering Lateef Jakande, I remember that Buhari canceled the Lagos Metro Project Jakande initiated – but has no problems spending more than a billion dollars on a railway from somewhere in Katsina to Niger Republic.

You were warned about the man, you didn’t listen.”

Lateef Jakande accepted Abacha’s appointment, he didn’t survive the backlash.

History will be kind to him – as he was a much better person than many of the riff raff who rode on the June 12 bandwagon.”

@adetolaov “Lateef Jakande’s legacy as 1st Civilian Govenor of Lagos State :
– Affordable housing (over 30,000 low-cost housing)
– Neighbourhood primary & secondary with free education
– Over 20 healthcare centres + general hospital Gbagada & Ikorodu
– Established Lagos State University”

@OgbeniDipo “Rest in peace Alhaji Lateef Jakande. A true leader, builder and statesman. He built so much in such a little time. A leader worthy of emulation.”

@omojuwa “A legend, in truth and indeed. To this day, almost 40 years since the end of his administration, LKJ’s legacies continue to be celebrated & remembered, especially by the masses. This was leadership for the people. Rest in peace Alh. Lateef Jakande.”


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