President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed sadness over the death of elder statesman and former governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adesina.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, in Abuja on Sunday.
The statement reads: “on behalf of himself, the Federal Government and all Nigerians, President Jonathan extends heartfelt condolences to Adesina’s family and the Government and people of Oyo State.”
The president joined late Adesina’s family, relatives, friends, associates and all who knew him in mourning the renowned educationist and political leader.
Jonathan noted that the former governor devoted his entire adult life to working for the progress of his people and the nation.
He believed that Adesina’s indefatigability in political struggles as well as his honesty, integrity, sincere commitment and dedication to the service of his people before and during his tenure endeared him to all.
According to him, “Adesina will be honoured and remembered by present and future generations as an exemplary leader who did his utmost best to improve the lives of his people.”
The president prayed that God Almighty would receive Adesina’s soul and grant him eternal rest.
In his own condolence message to the family of the former governor, people and government of Oyo state, senate president, David Mark said he would be remembered for his passion , selfless service and love for the ordinary Man.
He lamented that Adesina died at a time when his wealth of experience and administrative acumen were needed to navigate through the challenging political situation at the moment.
According to Mark, “death is a necessary end that must come when it shall. We are however consoled that Late Adesina contributed positively to the development of the society during his life time. He left an indelible footprint on the sand of time. He left a legacy of service to the society, honesty and commitment to the ideals of nation hood.”
Senator Mark counseled today’s leaders to emulate the virtues of honesty, hard work and democratic ideals which Adesina represented saying “that is the sure way to keep his legacies.”