Jakande buried in glory

The remains of the first Lagos civilian Governor, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, who died on Thursday at 91, have finally been buried.

Jakande who was a Minister of Works and Housing and renowned journalist was buried at the Ikoyi Vaults and Garden shortly after a Janazal prayer at his residence, No. 2 Bishop Street Ilupeju, Lagos.

In attendance at the Janazal prayers were the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, a former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, among other dignitaries.

At the Ikoyi Vaults and Garden, several Islamic scholars offered special prayers for the deceased.

The Mufasir of Lagos Central Mosque, Alhaji Shakirudeen Abdulgaffar, who represented the Chief Imam, Sheikh Sulaimon Abu-Nolla, led the prayers.

Other Islamic clerics in attendance were the National Missioner and Chief Imam of Ansarudeen Society, Imam Abdulrahman Ahmad, Sheikh Abdullateef Ayinla, Sheikh Sulaiman Onikijipa, among others.

The body of the late politician and elder statesman was laid to rest at around 6 pm.

The representative of the Chief Imam in a short sermon before the body was interred, described death as the means to another end and asked every living being to be conscious of the last day.

According to him, Nigerian politicians should take a cue from the late politician whom he described as an epitome of good governance and selflessness.

“Those are the messages we should take home from here,” he said, adding: “Returning to Allah is not an easy task for anybody not worshipping Allah.”

He challenged the present-day politicians to emulate the pro-masses initiatives of late Jakande, saying under his tenure many social amenities were provided to the citizens for free.

-The Nation