Deaths: Ranks of nation’s leadership depleted, says Obasanjo 


A former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has lamented that the nation’s ranks of dedicated and resourceful patriotic leaders have been depleted by the spate of deaths across the country.

Obasanjo said that resourceful patriots who served the nation in various capacities including, the late Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Godwin Kanu (retd) had succumbed to the cold hands of death.

In a letter of condolence to Mrs Gladys Ndubuisi-Kanu, wife of the late former military administrator of Imo and Lagos states in the 70s, Obasanjo eulogised her husband, noting that he was a dedicated officer, a gentleman and a real patriot.

Similarly, the former President, also described late Dr. Bolu Akin-Olugbade, who equally reported to have died on Wednesday, as a passionate Nigerian, who was always in defence of her unity as he was devoted to his roots.

Obasanjo remarked that Bolu would be greatly missed by his community, Local Government Area, State and the nation in general, submitting, “all Owu people have lost a great son.”

In the two separate letters, copies which were made available to journalists in Abeokuta by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi on Thursday, Obasanjo went down memory lane to recall his association with the eminent Nigerians.

On Kanu, he noted that having followed and watched with keen interest, “Admiral Kanu’s inspiring career traversed soldiering, public administration, pro-democracy activism and business.

“It is noteworthy that in the course of his military service which straddled more than two decades, he acquitted himself as a dedicated officer, a gentleman and a real patriot.

“From the thick of the Nigerian Civil War where he commanded various regiments and corps, to the post-war re-organisation of the military, he distinguished himself as a seasoned military officer to which I could bear witness.

“Admiral Kanu was acknowledged as a disciplined, detribalised, transparent and humane public officer with an enviable track record. He left behind an impeccable record of leadership, a legacy of forthrightness, thoroughness and unwavering commitment to public good.

For Akin-Olugbade, Obasanjo stated that “given Bolu’s pedigree, it is not surprising that the life of his brilliance as a lawyer began to show itself right from his days at the University of London, University of California (Los Angeles) and Cambridge University where he had his legal education.

“Ever resourceful and conducting himself with dignity and forthrightness, the late lawyer and business mogul acquired a well-deserved reputation for his deep knowledge in legal matters and business acumen. It is thus not surprising that he had the way of ingenious participation in several areas of the economy.

In the condolence letter to his wife, Chief (Mrs) Oladunni Akin-Olugbade, the Balogun (Prime Minister) Owu, stated that, “inspite of his privileged background, Bolu did not lose the common touch. He was as passionate in his defence of Nigerian unity as he was devoted to his roots.

“No wonder, he actively promoted the history and culture of his local community who also immensely benefited from his wise counsel and generosity.

“As Aare Ona Kakanfo and a prominent son of Owu Kingdom, our much-respected brother contributed to better understanding and harmony among our people.”


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