Buhari, Obasanjo, Tinubu, Jakande, Williams, others mourn Mobolaji Johnson
President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Alhaji Lateef Jakande yesterday mourned the passage of the first military governor of Lagos State, Brig.-Gen. Mobolaji Johnson (rtd) who died at 83 years.
They described him as a true father of the state, who laid the foundation for modern Lagos.
Among those that paid condolence visits to the deceased’s Ilupeju home were Jakande; Admiral Godwin Ndubuisi Kanu; Prof. Grace Alele Williams, Archbishop Isaac Ayo Olawuyi, and ex-chairman of Mushin Local Council, Bayo Osiyemi among others.
Also, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa and the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in this year’s election, Jimi Agbaje, paid their respects.
Specifically, Obasanjo while speaking in a statement yesterday by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, expressed shock over Johnson’s death, describing him as an incorruptible, detribalised and a humane public officer.
Obasanjo, who is in Istanbul, Turkey, said the late military governor was “a disciplined, detribalised, transparent and humane public officer with an enviable track record.”
On his part, President Buhari acknowledged Johnson’s contributions to the development of Lagos, noting that he laid a solid foundation for its development.
Buhari’s condolence message was conveyed in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Tinubu, on his part, described Johnson as a man of high integrity who served the state with dedication and determination.
His message was captured in a statement issued by his media office.
However, Jakande described Johnson as a great man. Governor Sanwo-Olu, in a condolence message by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, extolled the departed for excellence.
Also, Obasa in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Tolani Abati described Johnson as a trailblazer.