Hon. Abiodun Isiaq Akinlade, a Federal Commissioner of the Federal Character Commission, has expressed deep sadness over the deaths of four prominent and renewed political community and religious leaders in Ogun and Lagos and Ondo states, describing such as a great loss for the entire Southwest region.
Akinlade revealed this in a recent press statement he personally signed and a copy of which was obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG.
He explained that he received the deaths of these great personalities unexpectedly because they all left this world at a time their states and the nation as a whole needs their wealth of experience most to survive.
On Monday, the deaths of Prof. George Akinola Ogunpola, Chief David Adeyemi Coker, Prof. Oladipipo Akinkugbe, and Senator Adebola Osinowo (Pepperito) were announced.
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NEWS FLAKES NG reports that Honorable Akinlade stated that Baba Akin Ogunpola, Chief Adeyemi Coker and Prof. Akinkugbe and Senator Osiniwo were great sources of inspiration and role models in public service with their modest lifestyles, loyalty and commitments to duties. He stated that these elderstatesmen distinguished themselves with excellent services to their immediate communities, their states and Nigeria at large by contributing immensely in education, health, commerce and industry sectors.
He mentioned that, Pa. Akinola Ogunpola legacies left while he served the state and the nation as a foremost educationist has continued to be the reference point to past and present public office holders in education sector.
He said "Baba was diligent, hardworking, knowledgeable and upright. Baba was indeed a complete man."
Speaking on late Chief David Coker, who also served as a commissioner for Commerce and Industry alongside Pa. Ogunpola between 1979-1983, the Federal Commissioner described Chief Coker as "a man full of humor and words of wisdom, a man who is loved by old and young."
Also, while reacting to Prof. Akinkugbe demise, Biodun Akinlade said Nigeria and the world has lost a man who distinguished himself in areas of medicine and academics. He described Prof. Akinkugbe as a great teacher whose knowledge has impacted hundreds of thousands of young and old scholars in area of medicine.
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Describing Senator Osinowo as humane, humble and a symbol of consistent and loyalty, Hon. Akinlade said Lagos State and Nigeria has lost a vocal voice of the grassroots whose political journey has been to be the voice of his people as a legislator.
Hon. Abiodun Isiaq Akinlade who is also Baba Adinni of Yewa land described their deaths as a great lost to their states and Nigeria at large. He therefore, expressed his heartfelt condolences to the deceased families and associates while praying that "God grant those left behind the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
See full text of official press release below as obtained by NEWS FLAKES NG;
I received with shock news of the death of four prominent leaders. This come at a time the nation is leveraging on the experiences and knowledge of our veterans in all aspects of nation building.
Professor George Akinola Ogunpola had been a role model, a father figure and leader whose contributions to the education system of Ogun state and Nigeria in general have continued to serve as reference points in education sector across the length and breadth of the country and beyond. Baba, was diligent, hardworking, knowledgeable and upright. Baba was indeed a complete man.
Chief David Coker, who also served as the state commissioner for Commerce and Industry together with Prof. Ogunpola in the government of Late Chief Olabisi Onabanjo regime between 1979-1983, was very humorous he was loved by young and old because of his kind gestures and words of wisdom.
The death of Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe also came at a time the nation needs his experience in areas of medicine. But one is consoled with the fact that as a great teacher who has impacted his knowledge unto several others, some of his many good works will continue to serve humanity in a more positive ways.
For Senator Adebayo Osinowo (Pepperito), his death is most shocking. A consistent and symbol of loyalty who was a thoroughbred grassroot politician, community leader, humane and humble voice of his constituents.
I'm saddened by their deaths because this is indeed a great loss for their individual states and Nigeria at large, but as a man of faith, the ultimate lesson of death is that we have all come to this world with nothing and we shall all return with nothing.
I console with the families, friends and associates and prayed God grant those left behind the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Hon. Abiodun Isiaq Akinlade
Federal Commissioner, Federal Character Commission.
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