Newspaper Proprietors ‘ Association of Nigeria (NPAN) has expressed shock over the death of the first civilian governor of Lagos state, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, who died at the age of 91, Thursday.
Jakande was also a journalist, publisher and politician in his lifetime.
In a statement released by the association, and jointly signed by its President, Kabiru Yussuf and General Secretary, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, respectively the group described the death of Jakande as an ‘irreparable loss,’ even as it charged present-day politicians in the country to ‘emulate his modesty, selflessness and passion for the people.’
According to the body, the late governor was also was the pioneer president of NPAN, ‘from where he was loaned to politics in 1979,’ adding further that Jakande between 1969 and 1979 ‘midwifed the association from infancy and it is to his eternal glory that the NPAN became the octopus that it is today.’
“Austere, selfless, people oriented, Alhaji Jakande transferred these core values from newspapering / newsroom into politics and acquitted himself.
“He became a reference point for performance not just in Lagos State which he served as a governor but across the country. He was also Minister of Works under the Abacha administration.
“It is on record that Alhaji Jakande throughout his tenure, lived in his personal house in Ilupeju area of Lagos and also used his personal car, apart from other landmark projects consummated by his administration.
“While we commiserate with members of the pen fraternity, his immediate and political families as well as the Lagos State Government, on this irreparable loss, we could not but ask our today’s politicians to learn from the life and politics of Alh. Jakande and emulate his modesty, selflessness and passion for the people
“The nation has lost a great patriot, advocate of good governance and democracy,” the NPAS statement read.