‘The Last Of The Titans’: Buhari, Tinubu Pay Tribute To Jakande

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


President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday paid tribute to the late Lagos State Governor, Lateef Jakande, and described him as one whose legacy would be remembered for long.

The Nigerian leader believes the former Governor of Lagos State sacrificed his life for others, restating that his imprint in the commercial centre will continue to be a source of inspiration.

While condoling with family, friends and associates of the elder statesman, Buhari in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, hailed the contributions of the first civilian Governor of Lagos State and former Minister of Works to the growth of democracy and good governance in the country.

He described Jakande as a patriot, whose wisdom will run through generations, especially in putting people first in development plans.

‘Last Of The Titan’

In his tribute to Jakande, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, said the former Lagos governor was the last of the titans.

The former Lagos governor in a statement he signed and released on Thursday said Jakande “could appropriately be described as the last of the titans ranking with the likes of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Adekunle Ajasin, Pa Abraham Adesanya, Chief Bola Ige, Chief Olabiyi Onabanjo, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, Alhaji Aminu Kano, among others.“

According to him, Jakande was a “mature statesman never given to histrionics or fanning the embers of disunity,” noting that “at difficult moments in the nation’s history, such as the struggle against military dictatorship, he took personal painful decisions that cost him a lot, but his integrity was never impugned.”

While condoling with the family, and friends of the late journalist, Tinubu said, “Whatever we have been able to accomplish in Lagos State is because of the groundwork Pa Jakande set out before us. In so many ways, he is the inspirational father of modern Lagos State.

Buhari Should Seek Forgiveness From Yorubas, Not Votes – Fayose

buhariEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that the All Progressives Congress ( APC ) presidential candidate, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (Rtd) should seek forgiveness (not votes) from Yoruba people of the South-West, including Edo and Delta States.

According to the governor, Buhari’s cancellation of the Lagos Metroline project in 1985 was the greatest disservice to the Yoruba people in particular, and Nigerians in general.

“If Buhari had not cancelled the Metroline project out of vendetta,transportation problems in Lagos would have been solved permanently.

“The Metroline project would have made life easier and changed the face of transport in Lagos.

But Buhari cancelled it and even went ahead to pay compensation to the French company that handled it. Buhari’s action cost Lagosians over $78 million then,” Fayose said.

Speaking further, the governor said; “In Yorubaland, we were enjoying free education and free health before Buhari came.

Then, all that was needed to go to primary and secondary schools was school uniform while drugs were free.

“Apart from free education and free health, the South West witnessed rapid development.

Lagos State University, Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), Ondo State University (now Ekiti State University), Ondo State Polytechnic (now Rufus Giwa Polytechnic), and several other institutions were established.

“As at 1979, Lagos State had no secretariat. Jakande’s government built the Alausa Secretariat within four years. Ajasin’s government built Alagbaka Secretariat in Akure within four years. Even the Lekki-Epe road on which they are now collecting tolls was constructed by Jakande.

“For all that they did for us in Yorubaland, what did Buhari do to Jakande, Ajasin, Bola Ige and Bisi Onabanjo? He jailed them and Bisi Onabanjo came out of prison with health issues that eventually claimed his life.

“What did Buhari do to reward Awolowo, whose party gave us free education and free health? Awolowo’s international passport was seized and he was prevented from traveling abroad for medical treatment. Awolowo died two years after!

“In 1984 that Buhari introduced school fees, thousands of our youths then dropped out of school.

“Therefore, Buhari who truncated the future of many of our people and jailed our leaders who served our land selflessly should be seeking forgiveness from Yoruba people, not votes.”

VIDEO: Two sisters killed in another building collapse in Lagos

Two sisters have been confirmed dead with their mother injured after a two storey building collapsed in Jakande Estate, Oke-Afa, Isolo, Lagos.

The siblings, Toyin and Bukola Coker -both female in their late 20’s-lived with their mother, who sustained injuries at Flat 4, Block N20 of the collapsed building.

According to eyewitness account,  the building caved in at about 12 midnight killing the sisters and leaving their mother with serious injuries.

A picture of the late sisters obtained by Channels TV

Their bodies have been deposited at the Isolo General Hospital mortuary.

Residents within the estate told Channels TV that the building had showed signs of weakness and one of the tenants had just moved out.

The South-West Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Iyiola Akande, confirmed that there are no more bodies under the building’s rubble.

The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has ordered occupants of structures near the collapsed building to vacate their premises within the next 48 hours.

This is about the fifth building collapse in Lagos this year alone.