Nigerian billionaire and Agba Oye of Ibadanland, Harry Akande has died at age 77.
It was gathered that the one-time presidential aspirant on the platform of defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) platform died on Saturday, 5 December, 2020 after a brief illness.
His demise was announced in a statement issued by Olumide Akande for the family.
Akande was reputed to be one of the richest men in Nigeria.
He was the chairman of Akande International Corporation (AIC) — with interest in healthcare, engineering, building construction and power.
The statement read: ”In the early hours of Saturday December 5, 2020, our patriarch Chief Harry Ayodele Akande passed away following a brief illness.
”Chief Harry Akande was an astute businessman of international repute whose legacy and influence cut across continents.
”But by far his greatest passion was for a better Nigeria that guaranteed equity and justice for all. It is our fervent hope that this will be a reality in the not too distant future.
”His passing is a huge shock to his immediate and extended family, friends and associates. We are all grappling to make some sense of it.
”As we seek the repose of his gentle soul, we ask you to in turn to uphold us in your prayers while we pass through this very turbulent period of our lives occasioned by the loss of someone as dear as him.”