The first civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande is dead.
Jakonde died in the early hours of Thursday at the age of 91.
Lagos State Governor also confirmed the news.
Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu mourned the former governor and described his death as a colossal loss.
“With gratitude to God for a worthy life well spent in the service of Lagos State, Nigeria and humanity, I announce the death of a venerable statesman, outstanding politician, public administrator and the first Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande,” Sanwo-Olu tweeted on Thursday.
Sanwo-Olu said Jakande’s record of service as a journalist of repute and a leader of remarkable achievements as governor of Lagos State will remain indelible for generations to come.
“His death is a collosal loss and he will be missed,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Alhaji Lateef Jakande who was a former journalist became governor of Lagos State in 1979 to 1983, and later was Minister of Works under the late President Sani Abacha military regime.
His administration as governor of Lagos state is still revered for the massive infrastructural development recorded during his four-year stint especially the numerous Jakande Estates built across many local governments in the State as well as sterling investment in schools.
Jakande’s death comes just about a month after a former Military Governor of Lagos, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu also passed away.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Lagos State, I want to express my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and comrades of Baba Jakande.”
Former governor of Gombe State Ibrahim Dankwambo sent condolences to Lagos State over Jakande’s death.
“My sincere condolences to the government of Lagos state and the immediate family of Pa. Lateef Kayode Jakande over the loss of their patriarch,” Dankwambo tweeted.
Dankwambo described Jakande as an exceptional leader, a true patriot and statesman who dedicated his long and distinguished life to promoting peace.