Nigerians have taken to the popular microblogging site, Twitter, to bid farewell to the former Governor of Lagos State, Lateef Jakande.
The elder statesman fondly called Baba Kekere governed Lagos between October 1, 1979 and December 31, 1983, including the low-cost housing estates popularly known as Jakande estates.
The Lagos State University was birthed during the tenure of late Jakande who was the first civillian governor of the state.
Condolence messages have poured in from a number of Lagosians who have taken to Twitter to bid farewell to the former governor who died at the age of 91 on THursday, February 11, 2021.
One user Sylvia Osakuade – @krestapure said, “To all of us who once lived or still living in Jakande estate scattered round Lagos, #Lateef Jakande is the man who made that affordable accommodation possible. We give him our last respect as he journeys to the great beyond . Thank you sir.”
“Many parents and civil servants were able to own blocks of flat because of this visionary leader. So sad to see that after him none has been able to replicate his kind gestures. Farewell Sir.”
See more messages below:
Rest in peace Alhaji Lateef Jakande. A true leader, builder and statesman. He built so much in such a little time. A leader worthy of emulation.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) February 11, 2021
If you’ve been hearing Jakande building, Jakande building.. he did it. Great man. Rest peacefully in the Lord’s bossom. 🙏👼
— TM (@iamblacktom) February 11, 2021
One of the best legacies of Lateef Jakande is the Biggest Housing Estate in Africa, GWARINPA Abuja, he built it as Works Minister under Sani Abacha.
He had no single house in that Estate.
— Ayekooto (@DeeOneAyekooto) February 11, 2021
RIP to an icon… Alhaji Lateef Jakande. Your legacy as a performer and reformer lives on.
— Ife Adebayo (@IfeAdebayo) February 11, 2021
I always tell people that the best governor Lagos ever had was Lateef Jakande.
No one else comes close. His works speak for him. And the fact that he went into an actual retirement is not something a lot of politicians do.
RIP Sir, your legacy lives on. pic.twitter.com/LJGzTNs2BC
— ERomZ #EndSARS (@simplyEromz) February 11, 2021
Lateef Jakande, a name synonymous with good governance. A champion of public housing, education, infrastructure. A hero.
“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches.”
May his soul Rest In Peace https://t.co/8Ict3p2AwI
— Dr Aloy Chife (@ChifeDr) February 11, 2021
A legend, in truth and indeed. To this day, almost 40 years since the end of his administration, LKJ’s legacies continue to be celebrated & remembered, especially by the masses. This was leadership for the people. Rest in peace Alh. Lateef Jakande. pic.twitter.com/MjtektamWl
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) February 11, 2021
Alhaji Lateef Jakande is arguably the best Governor in the history of Lagos State. From Housing development, to educational and mass transit schemes. His legacies would forever live on. Rest in Peace.
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) February 11, 2021
Anytime you see those low-cost housing estates, also know as, “Jakande Estates”, you’ll always remember Chief Lateef Jakande. That is what we call a long-lasting legacy. He touched the poor immensely. Surely, the best Gov of Lagos in my estimation. Rest In Peace Baba Jakande. 🙏
— Bankole Akintunde Adebayo (@AdeBanqie) February 11, 2021
What a leader!
The most pragmatic politician of his era.
4 decades after, his footprints and achievements are stil there for us to see, unparallel! From education, to health, to roads and infrastructure, Alhaji Lateef Jakande was a phenomenal leader.
A Great Man!
— Ramon Olanrewaju Nasir (@NasirRamon) February 11, 2021
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