Astute Politician and Journalist, Lateef Kayode Jakande dies at 91 Nigeria mourns.

First Executive Governor of Lagos State, Lateef Kayode Jakande severally called LKJ, Baba kekere (Small father) or Jacko died Thursday at 91.

Jakande was governor of Lagos State from 1979 to 1983, and later was Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military regime between 1993–1998.

Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu mourned the former governor and described his death as a colossal loss.

“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,” Sanwo-Olu tweeted on Thursday.

Sanwo-Olu said 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.

“His death is a collosal loss and he will be missed,” Sanwo-Olu said.

“On behalf of the Government and people of Lagos State, I want to express my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and comrades of Baba Jakande.”

Former governor of Gombe State Ibrahim Dankwambo sent condolences to Lagos State over Jakande’s death.

“My sincere condolences to the government of Lagos state and the immediate family of Pa. Lateef Kayode Jakande over the loss of their patriarch,” Dankwambo tweeted.

Dankwambo described Jakande as an exceptional leader, a true patriot and statesman who dedicated his long and distinguished life to promoting peace.

Condolence messages from all over Nigeria poured greatly after Governor SanwoOlu announced his passage.

Below are some quick facts about him:

  • He was the first civilian governor of Lagos state.

  • He was a journalist.

  • He was the first President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN.

  • He became governor of Lagos State from 1979 to 1983 on the platform of the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN.

  • He was Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military regime from 1993 to 1998.

  • He was charged, prosecuted, and convicted of treason in 1983 after the military government headed by Muhammadu Buhari and Tunde Idiagbon took over the government and was later pardoned.

  • His government is seen as an all-inclusive government that has ever existed in Lagos State.

  • His tenure saw the birth of Lagos State University.

  • He published several books, some of which are The Case for Lagos State; The trial of Obafemi Awolowo; The Problems and Prospects of Free Education, and The Role of the Mass Media in a Developing Country.

  • He was called ‘Baba Kekere’ (Small father) because he was seen as the next to the late political sage, Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo in the then UPN.

  • He brought up the expansive Kado Estate off Mabuchi in Abuja while he was Minister of Housing.

  • He had earlier started the Lagos State Television. The Station started the first ever 24 hours weekend broadcast called Lagos Weekend Television LWT.

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