The Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, and the Olomu-in-Council in Kwara have commiserated with the family of the first civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande.
The traditional council’s message was contained in a statement on Friday by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Omu-Aran Development Association (ODA), Mr Olayinka Owolewa.
Oba Adeoti said that although the late Jakande was born and bred in Lagos, he never denied Omu-Aran as his ancestral roots.
“In words and in deeds, he participated in Omu-Aran community meetings in Lagos and its development programmes.
“He also enthusiastically paid many visits to his Idimu, Okore family compound in Omu-Aran,” the Olomu said.
Oba Adeoti enjoined Pa Jakande’s children and grandchildren to build on the enviable legacies of their father by associating with Omu-Aran and in promoting democratic ideals in Lagos state and Nigeria as a whole.
“Omu-Aran remains eternally proud of Alhaji Jakande as one of its own,” the Olomu declared.
At the plenary of the Olomu-in-Council on Friday in Omu-Aran, glowing tributes were paid to the memory of late Jakande and special prayers were offered for the repose of his soul.
“On behalf of Olomu, Olomu-in-Council and Kwara in general, we will like to condole the Jakande family of Idimu, Okore compound of Omu-Aran, over the death of their patriarch.
“The Olomu-in-Council has taken solace in the fact that our late father lived a fulfilled life worthy of emulation.
“He was a bridge-builder and an ambassador of development, whose governance of Lagos State remains a reference point in prudent public administration in Nigeria.
“We pray Allah to grant him Aljanna Firdaus and give the family the fortitude to bear his demise,” the Oba said.
In his tribute, the President of the Omu-Aran Development Association (ODA), Maj. Gen, AbdulAzeez Abidoye (Rtd.), described the death of Jakande as a great loss to Nigeria.
The ODA president said the deceased was a thorough disciplinarian, who lived a life devoid of corruption and worthy of emulation.
He said late Pa Jakande would be remembered as a friend of the masses and a bridge builder.