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Fayemi mourns Johnson’s death, Lagos has lost an icon, foremost leader, says Ambode


Deji Johnson (left); Tosin David, Mrs Omobola Johnson, Seyi Johnson and Nike Williams during the condolence visit to the late Brig General Mobolaji Johnson’s residence at Obanikoro, Ilupeju, Lagos… yesterday PHOTO:SUNDAY AKINLOLU

Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has commiserated with his Lagos State counterpart, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and members of family of the late Brig-Gen. Mobolaji Johnson (rtd) on the passing of the first military governor of the state.

The late Johnson, aged 83, was military governor of Lagos State between 1967 and 1975.

Similarly, a former governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday, expressed sadness and regret over the death of Johnson.

Fayemi in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, described the late Johnson as one of the architects of modern Lagos, who served the state with dedication and distinction, adding that he served with honour and remained a man of honour till the very end.

“On behalf of the government and good people of Ekiti State, I commiserate with Sanwo-Olu, the government and people of Lagos State on the passing of Johnson.

“This is a colossus loss, no doubt, but we are comforted with the fact that Baba lived a good life, impacted many lives, worked conscientiously and made his mark in the development of Lagos and left behind a legacy of honour and a good name.

“We encourage his children and family to be consoled that Baba will be remembered for his good works and the impact he made. Our prayer is that God will grant him eternal rest and comfort the family,” the governor added.

Ambode, in a statement signed by his media aide, Habib Aruna, described Johnson’s death as a great loss to the state and the country at large, adding that he was an icon in his own rights.

“Pa Johnson was a great son of Lagos State who distinguished himself, first as a military administrator and also in private business as an astute manager of men and resources. He was a foremost leader in the State of Excellence, who distinguished himself in many ways than one.”

“He served the state meritoriously and even after his retirement, he continued to contribute his quota to the growth of the state. He was indeed a source of inspiration to many,” he said.

Ambode, while commiserating with the family of the late elder statesman, urged them to uphold the ideals he stood and fought for, saying that the nation would continue to draw inspiration from his life and times, adding that his demise, just like those of our heroes past, must never be in vain.


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