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10 Quick Facts About Former Lagos Governor Lateef Jakande

Alhaji Lateef Jakande

Former Lagos State Governor Lateef Jakande has died on Thursday. He was governor of Lagos State from 1979 to 1983. Below are some quick facts about him:

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  • He was the first civilian governor of Lagos state.
  • He became governor of Lagos State from 1979 to 1983 on the platform of the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN.
  • He was a journalist where he first worked with the Daily Service and then in 1953, joined the Nigerian Tribune where he rose to become the Editor-in-Chief.
  • He was the first President of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN.
  • He was Minister of Works under the Sani Abacha military regime from 1993 to 1998.
  • He was charged, prosecuted, and convicted of treason in 1983 after the military government headed by Muhammadu Buhari and Tunde Idiagbon took over the government and was later pardoned.
  • He later became a member of different political parties at different times. The parties include the All Nigeria Peoples Party and Action Party of Nigeria.
  • His government is seen as an all-inclusive government that has ever existed in Lagos State.
  • His tenure saw the birth of Lagos State University.
  • He published several books, some of which are The Case for Lagos State; The trial of Obafemi Awolowo; The Problems and Prospects of Free Education, and The Role of the Mass Media in a Developing Country.
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