The president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), condoled on Thursday to the government and people of Oyo state for the death of a former state governor, Abiola Ajimobi.
In a statement from his Special Adviser on Media and Advertising, Femi Adesina, the President noted that Ajimobi’s contributions to the development of the state and the nation will always be remembered.
The statement read: “The president sympathizes with the former governor’s family, who served the country as a senator, 2003, before winning the governor elections in 2011, remaining steadfast and consistent in his progressive views, and working diligently to the creation of the Congress of All Progressives.
“As the party chief retires, President Buhari believes he left the world at a crucial time when the party and the country needed his advice to heal and grow, noting that all associates will feel his absence, especially in the APC.
“The president prays that Almighty God will comfort the former governor’s family and grant him a peaceful rest.”
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in a statement signed on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, said that the shocking disappearance of Ajimobi, after all the efforts of the Medical professionals to stabilize him, when he became ill, have opened a deep wound in the hearts of millions of Nigerians, who considered him a meeting point and a political stabilizer.
He said, “Senator Ajimobi’s step hurt me. My heart was filled with grief when I was informed that I had lost another political icon in our battle against the coronavirus. “
“Senator Ajimobi was more than a politician, he was a man from many parts, whose managerial skills and experience are necessary at this critical period in our national life.”
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde expressed sadness at the disappearance of the immediate former governor of Oyo State.
The governor, in a message of condolence to the Ajimobi family and the good people of Oyo state, also ordered that the state flag be flown at half-staff on Friday.
The condolence message read: “I cannot begin to imagine the pain that the family must be going through right now due to the loss of their patriarch. It is my prayer that God will grant you all the strength to bear this great loss.
“I join the good people of Oyo state as we mourn the death of a statesman. I have ordered that the flags be flown at half-mast tomorrow in honor of our brother, friend and illustrious son of the state of Oyo.
“You will surely be remembered for leaving a plan for some of the activities that our administration is undertaking now.
“The Oyo state government will extend to his family, all courtesies deserve his character. May his soul rest in peace.”