Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday expressed shock and sadness over the death of former Governor of Osun State, Senator Isiaka Adeleke.
Adeleke, the first civilian Governor of Osun State and a serving Senator representing Osun West senatorial district passed on in Osun on Sunday morning at the age of 62.
Governor Ambode, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said Adeleke’s death was a huge loss to the entire Southwest region and the Yoruba nation across the world.
“I was deeply shocked to learn of his death this morning. Only last month, he was in Lagos to join us celebrate our party leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He made his mark first as the first civilian Governor of Osun State and then as a Senator, he was one of the most prominent lawmakers who did not shy away from issues that affected Nigerians in general.
“He was very passionate about Nigeria’s progress and contributed immensely to the expansion of progressive politics especially in the South West. Senator Adeleke was a loving man, a peace maker, a grassroots politician and a detribalized Nigerian who was well loved by his people,” Governor Ambode said.
The Governor prayed for the peaceful repose of his soul, urging his family to draw strength from the fact that he made meaningful impact during his lifetime.
Governor Ambode also commiserated with the people of Osun State, especially the people of Osun West Senatorial Zone and Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola over the sad loss.
“On behalf of my family and the good people of Lagos State, I want to express our heartfelt condolence to the family of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, the people of South West Nigeria and Nigerians in general on this great and irreparable loss. He will be sorely missed”, he said.
Also, the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole has condoled with the family of the late Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke who by providence was the first executive governor of Osun State and until his unfortunate death, a serving distinguished APC senator from Osun West senatorial district.
In his words, “I am deeply saddened by the loss of a friend, brother, statesman and a seasoned politician: his loss is likened to a swift wind that faints away gradually but I take solace in knowing that he played his active role in shaping the political landscape of our dear state and Nigeria as a progressive agent of positive change through his qualitative representation, selfless service to mankind, unequalled philanthropic gestures and religious leadership disposition as a revered community leader”. Our Nation will not forget his countless sacrifices to solidify our unity as a federating unit.
Instructively, I served as a governing council member in Adeleke University where the deceased was a Chancellor, He was indeed a pragmatic lover and genuine embodiment of sound education towards self-reliability and liberation, his leadership qualities as a former Pro Chancellor of University of Calabar was a testament to his brave commitment and devotion to education. Though departed yet he will remain alive in our hearts and minds forever as a great man who displayed uncommon affection to the plight of humanity
In this difficult time of mourning, I equally extend my heartfelt sympathy to the government, people and APC family of the state of Osun on this repressive and unfortunate loss of one of our strong pillar of grassroots mobilization, my deepest thoughts and prayers are with the immediate and extended family members, the Timi of Ede in Council, The 8th Senate, state executives & members of Osun APC and loving people of Ede community. May Allah grant us all the fortitude to bear his lost and guide him on his journey to his creator, his Media Aide, Mrs Boade Akinola, said in a statement.