NASFAT fetes Jakande at 90
The Nasrul lahi l Fatih Society (NASFAT) felicitates with a political and journalism icon, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande who turned 90.
Publicity Secretary NASFAT, Banji Busari, in a statement made available to The Guardian said: “As Muslims, we are aware that it is by Allah’s mercy that he has waded through the vicissitudes of life to attain this landmark age. NASFAT is therefore grateful to Almighty Allah for sparing the life of such an exceptional and a rare citizen whose life is synonymous with service, compassion and devotion to Allah.
“As the first civilian governor of Lagos State Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande’s tenure was filled with monumental successes in education, housing, infrastructure and series of welfare programmes. Apparently at 90, some of his greatest fulfilments will include his courage and wisdom in establishing the Lagos Television LTV, Lagos State University, Jakande Model Schools and Jakande Estates, where till today these achievements have remained unparalleled by his successors.
“A doyen of journalism, LKJ’s career provides a good study in doggedness, forthrightness and commitment. Till today, his legacies remain a very positive reference point in the pen profession.
“As a close associate of the legend, late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and a firm believer in Awoism he earned for himself the title of Baba Kekere which is by no means a little achievement.
“While we rejoice with the nonagenarian for his exemplary life worthy of emulation, we pray Almighty Allah to be pleased with him and grant him abundant health and strength in order to enable him continue to serve his fatherland Nigeria and particularly Lagos State.
“As a living legend we cannot but also request Allah to inspire the serving leaders at all levels to raise the standard of governance beyond the level inherited from this great icon. May his humility, sacrifice and selfless service to the nation become moral standard for our leaders,” he said.