The first civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande is dead.
He died in Lagos at the age of 91 years.
Jakande was a governor under the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria ( UPN) and was credited with many welfare programs in the state.
Jakande was arrested by the military regime of Major General Muhammadu Buhari who overthrew the democratically elected government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari but was vindicated as no evidence of corruption was found against him.
Modest and humble, Jakande lived in a flat and survived a pension paid by the Lagos State government.
Popularly called “Baba Kekere” because of his closeness to the leader of the UPN, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, his demise is seen as the exit of the last of the progressives who brought far reaching development to the Southwest.
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