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Former Lagos governor, Lateef Jakande dies at 91

Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the first civilian governor of Lagos State is dead.

He was 91 years old.

He died in the early hours of Thursday, February 11.

He was a former journalist who became governor of Lagos State from 1979 to 1983

He also served as the Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military regime from 1993 to 1998.

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.

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