Senate Minority Whip and All Progressives Congress, (APC) governorship aspirant in Lagos State, Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon, has urged the people of Ikorodu and indeed Lagos state to take solace in the enduring legacy left behind by the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Salaudeen Oyefusi who passed on at the weekend at the age of 83.
Solomon who is contesting the state governorship seat from Lagos East Senatorial District in a condolence message to the royal family, the Ikorodu people and the entire state said, “as much as we would have loved to have Oba Oyefusi lived longer especially at this critical time, we can’t but submit to the will of the Almighty who alone gives and takes life at His appointed time.”
The governorship aspirant who has over the years garnered private and public sectors experience as business man, local government chairman, House of Representatives member and now a Senator said “our consolation at this moment of the loss of our paramount ruler is that Oba Oyefusi left an enduring legacy of an unprecedented transformation and development of Ikorodu during his reign. Under his royal guidance, Ikorodu has contributed immensely towards the socio-economic and political development of not only Lagos state but Nigeria as a whole. Today, Ikorodu houses the largest industrial estate in West Africa.”
Solomon said the monarch will also be remembered for ensuring peaceful co-existence among indigenes and residents of the populous community and its villages.
“We will remember Oba Oyefusi for his relentless efforts towards the creation of the Lagoon state and the struggle to have the Ikorodu division produce the next governor of Lagos.
“Under his dynamic leadership, Ikorodu town and villages have grown to be one of the most populous communities in Lagos as various population census figures have confirmed. Our commitment at this point will be to remain focused and undeterred in sustaining the legacy of Oba Oyefusi who was not only a traditional ruler but a father to all, including my humble self.
“I will eternally remain grateful to the Ayangburen for his fatherly counsel and prayers for me over the years and especially towards my present political aspiration,” Solomon added.