President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday commiserated with Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on the death of a former governor of the state, Sir Michael Otedola.
Sir Otedola died in the early hours of Monday at the age of 88. He is the father of billionaire businessman and owner of Zenon Petroleum and Gas, Femi Otedola.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, President Jonathan assured the people of Lagos State and the Otedola family of his solidarity with them in their hour of grief.
He urged them to take solace in the knowledge that the deceased served God, his community, state and country to the best of his abilities.
The statement read, “On behalf of himself and the Federal Government, President Jonathan extends heartfelt condolences to Governor Babatunde Fashola, the government and people of Lagos State on the passing away of former Governor of the state, Sir Michael Otedola.
“President Jonathan also conveys sincere commiserations to all members of Sir Michael’s immediate family as well as his relatives, friends and former political associates.
“The President joins them in mourning the very distinguished politician, elder statesman and philanthropist who served as Governor of Lagos State between 1992 and 1993 with commendable courage, wisdom and fortitude.
“As arrangements get underway to give the octogenarian former governor a befitting burial, President Jonathan assures the people of Lagos State and the Otedola family of his solidarity with them in their hour of grief.
“The President urges them to take solace in the knowledge that Sir Michael served God, his community, state and country to the best of his notable abilities during his long life, and in passing on, leaves behind indelible legacies and very worthy heirs to build on his achievements”.