AIhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande laid to rest in Ikoyi, Lagos.Adunni Adetola
The remains of elder statesman and first civilian governor of Lagos State Lateef Jakande were on Friday interred at the Vaults and Gardens private cemetery Ikoyi, Lagos.
The funeral service was conducted by Islamic scholars and clerics from different communities and mosques in Lagos State who prayed for the repose of the deceased and family members he left behind.
Leading Lagos State Government delegation to the funeral was Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, accompanied by his deputy Obafemi Hamzat; head of service Hakeem Muri-Okunola and other members of the state executive council.
The remains of the late Jakande escorted by his wife, Abimbola, children, Deji and Seyi, among others, families, relatives, associates and eminent personalities, was brought into the Vaults and Gardens Ikoyi at 5:19pm.
Some of the dignitaries that attended the funeral service were former governors of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba and Senator Ibikunle Amosun; former deputy governor of Lagos State, Sinatu Ojikutu; All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains, politicians and journalists, among others.
Hamzat, who represented Sanwo-Olu at the event, said the former governor was a great man who cared and served his people meritoriously when he had the opportunity to serve them.
“Baba Jakande was just an example of what all of us should aspire to be. A great man, humble, selfless, loyal, and dedicated. So, he is an embodiment of all the positives. A great man that served his people when he had the opportunity to serve. A man that cared for the people and a fantastic journalist,” he said.
Hamzat while paying tribute to the late Jakande, stressed the need for political leaders in the country to emulate the former governor by being humble and loyal to the country.
Recalling his personal encounter with the first civilian governor of Lagos State, Hamzat said Jakande showed up at his graduation at the University of Ibadan in 1986.
Also, Speaking earlier during a special fidau prayer in honour of deceased, Prince Bayo Osiyemi, Special Adviser to the Governor on Chieftaincy Matters his political son, described the former Governor as as a fantastic Exemplary leader.”I knew him when I was a teenager, he mentored me in Journalism and in politics, I have benefited a lot from him virtue of hardwork, virtue of integrity, having a vision to achieve a mission and pursuing goals without permitting any distractions”.
“His legacies are fantastic and imperishable,he lives he never dies, people of Lagos State will always remember him and bless his family. He is unique and one of his kind, there can never be any one like Jakande even before and after him” he added.