As a way of giving a befitting honour and recognition to Sir Michael Agbolade Otediola, former Governor of Lagos State who gave up the ghost on Monday, 5th May, 2014, at ripe age of 88 years, the government and people of the State, will hold a special farewell ceremony, to commemorate the passage of the great leader and astute statesman in Lagos.
The state government, which had earlier declared a week of mourning and the lowering of flags at half-mast in respect of the former Governor, has accordingly set aside Wednesday, 28th May, 2014 as “Day of Tributes”, for the recognition of the great contributions of the Epe-born politician to Lagos State.
The programme, which will hold at Onikan Stadium, Lagos from 10.00 a.m. is, according to the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba, expected to attract dignitaries from all walks of life, including former Governors of the State and notable eminent personalities across the country.
A statement by the Commissioner stated that, the former Governor would lie-in-state at his Epe residence on Thursday, 29th May, 2014 from 2.40 p.m. while Christian wake-keep would hold at the same venue from 4.00 p.m. that day.
The late octogenarian would be buried on Friday, 30th May, 2014, after a funeral mass /rites at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ibowon, at 11.00 a.m., after which guests would be hosted to a reception at St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Eredo.
The Commissioner enjoined Lagosians and indeed Nigerians to support the state government, in giving this befitting respect and honour to the departed leader.
Late Sir Michael Agbolade Otedola, journalist, public relations consultant and politician extra-ordinarie, was the second civilian governor of Lagos State for 23 months from 1991 to 1992.
He has to his credit, the rare privilege of being the one that chose the sobriquet “CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE” for Lagos State among other numerous achievements.