President Goodluck Jonathan has said he is deeply saddened by the passing away of elder statesman and former Governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adesina. The president on behalf of himself, the Federal Government and all Nigerians extended his heartfelt condolences to Alhaji Adesina’s family and the Government and people of Oyo State.
The President in a statement by his spokesman Reuben Abati joined late Alhaji Adesina’s family, relatives, friends, associates and all who knew him in mourning the renowned educationist and political leader who devoted his entire adult life to working for the progress of his people and the nation.
Jonathan believes that Alhaji Adesina’s indefatigability in political struggles as well as his honesty, integrity, sincere commitment and dedication to the service of his people before and during his tenure as governor have ensured that he will be honoured and remembered by present and future generations as an exemplary leader who did his utmost best to improve the lives of his people. He prays that God Almighty will receive Alhaji Adesina’s soul and grant him eternal rest.
In a related development former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said the death of former Oyo State Governor, Alhaji Lam Adesina, has robbed Nigeria of a vibrant voice of democracy.
In a tribute to Adesina contained in a statement by his media office in Abuja, the former PDP presidential aspirant noted that despite his age, the late Governor of defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD) was actively engaged in the struggle to protect our democracy from dictatorship.
Driven by a remarkable courage of conviction, he said Adesina was never hesitant to speak the truth to power, despite the potential dangers of official intimidations and harassment.
Atiku, who described Adesina as a reliable friend of the people, praised his virtues of selflessness to public service.
The former Vice President also said that Adesina belonged to a rare generation of politicians who perceived democracy as a call to selfless service rather than an opportunity to enrich themselves.
According to Atiku, the best tribute Adesina’s admirers could pay to him was to practise his virtues of service with integrity.
He prayed to God to grant the family of the deceased the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. He also condoled the Government and the people of Oyo State over Adesina’s death.
Also ,Dr. Olapade Agoro National Chairman/ former Presidential Candidate National ActionCouncil (NAC) in a statement said Obviously since what has a beginning must have an end , the news therefore of the death of Alhaji Lam Adesina must be seen and accepted as the closing chapter of a story begun lowly but ended on good note of success.
The man who chose to be called Lam Adesina, a once upon a time prolific, powerful and highly interesting writer particularly in Nigerian Tribune newspapers, must be assessed as a character that saw it all.
Agoro said “Lam left about the right time, who as a former governor of Oyo State was politically nick named “LAM THE GREAT”, and having thereafter mid-wife (sic)with others to form Action Congress of Nigeria the party now in power in Oyo State must have guaranteed himself an assured state befitting (sic) burial and an imperishable legacy. He definitely could not have wished himself a better time to go in greatness than now. This is therefore in reality of the fact that the man lived well and died great, consoling (sic)with the people and government of Oyo State to take heart, whilst one prays that may Alhaji Lam Adesina’s good soul find peaceful repose in Aljanat fidaus insah Allaha wataala Ameen”
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