Former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba has described the late ex-Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande as not only a political collosus but also a personification of the best in journalism, reports The Gazelle News.com.
In a very glowing, hand-written tribute, Osoba, a great journalist himself, stated that the late Jakande single handedly established the Newspapers Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ).
“He was the first black African Chairman of the International Press Institute (IPI) made up of publishers and editors all over the world.
“He was a foundation member of both the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Guild of Editors,” the two-term former Governor of Ogun State wrote.
Osoba described the late Jakande as an astute politician who left giant footprints wherever he had the opportunity to serve at state and federal levels.
“As Governor of Lagos State, he ran a daily ‘Political Clime’ where citizens consulted him on issues,” Osoba said.
He concluded, “In Yoruba parlance – Iroko Tree as well as an Elephant has fallen.
“God grant him eternal rest”.