Eminent Nigerians, including President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday condoled with the Otedola family over the death of the former Governor of Lagos State, Chief Michael Otedola.
Otedola, who governed Lagos State in the botched Third Republic, died on Monday at the age of 87.
Extending his heartfelt condolences to the family Governor Babatunde Fashola, the government and people of the Lagos State over the demise of Otedola, President Jonathan said he was pained and prayed that God Almighty would grant the deceased soul eternal rest. In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, Jonathan joined them in mourning “the very distinguished politician, elder statesman and philanthropist who served as governor of Lagos State between 1992 and 1993 with commendable courage, wisdom and fortitude.”
According to the statement, “as arrangements get underway to give the octogenarian former governor a befitting burial, President Jonathan assures the people of Lagos State and the Otedola family of his solidarity with them in their hour of grief.
“The president urges them to take solace in the knowledge that Sir Michael served God, his community, state and country to the best of his notable abilities during his long life, and in passing on, leaves behind indelible legacies and very worthy heirs to build on his achievements.”
Also, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, expressed his condolences to the government and people of Lagos State over the sad news.
In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Wakama, Governor Amosun recalled the victory of the former governor when he was elected on the platform of the National Republican Convention (NRC), between 1992 and 1993 and described him as “a fulfilled politician and an accomplished technocrat.
“Baba contributed his bit to the development of Lagos State as governor between 1992 and 1993 before that democratic dispensation was truncated by the then military junta,” he said.
On his part, Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, described the late Otedola as an accomplished politician with a robust sense of administration, saying that his death was a big loss to the nation .
Lamenting the passing away of the trained journalist, Mimiko , in a condolence message by the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, said his demise which came at this time was most unfortunate as the nation still had so much to gain from his wealth of experience.
Mimiko described the former governor as a quiet achiever with a robust sense of administration, adding that the former governor impacted so much on the lives of the people while his tenure lasted as governor of Lagos State.
He also mentioned that the success he recorded in his private life naturally reflected in his handling of his public assignment, hence his successful tenure as governor.
Commiserating with his immediate family and the people of Lagos in general, Mimiko prayed God to give all the fortitude to bear the loss.
Also, a former Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Leke Pitan, said inasmuch as the demise of Otedola was painful, his memories would live long in the minds of Lagosians. He equally expressed his condolences to the people of Epe for the sad news.