By Chioma Ndife
It was an outpouring of commendations as academics and political leaders of thought eulogized the good legacies left behind by the first civilian Governor of Lagos State, the late Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande, while calling on Nigerian leaders to learn from his selfless style of leadership.
In a well-attended Memorial Lecture organized by the Federal Social Democrats in honour of Alhaji Jakande at Radisson Blu Hotels, Ikeja, leaders from all walks of life extolled the great legacies of good governance and selfless service left behind by Jakande
Delivering a Lecture titled, “Selfless Leadership and Good Governance: Jakande as an Examplar”, the Keynote Speaker and former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, described the late Jakande as an impactful leader who touched many lives and championed good democratic governance, not for pecuniary gains, but for the good of society.
The chairman of the occasion and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 elections, Mr Peter Obi, extolled the prudent management of resources for which the late Alhaji Jakande was known and urged Nigeria’s political leaders to imbibe such virtues.
Obi said Jakande prioritized the critical areas of development such as education, health and support for poverty alleviation, noting that such visionary level of governance was lacking in the country today.
Panelists at the event: Prof Pat Utomi, Mr Obadiah Mailafia, and others, all agreed on the visionary leadership, good governance and prudent management of resources which Jakande was known for as Lagos State governor, saying that such virtues were lacking in the country today.
The consensus on Jakande’s leadership qualities was reflected in the contributions of other participants, including Mr Sonny Iroche, a highly respected development analyst, who said Jakande showed true leadership and made sacrifices to ensure the development of society. Mr Iroche thanked the FSD Group for the choice of Peter Obi as the chairman of the occasion.
He noted that Obi was legendary in cutting the cost of governance as the Governor of Anambra State, a virtue, he said, that was being celebrated in Jakande today.
Speaking for the Jakande family, Mr Deji Jakande, the first son of the late Jakande, recalled their father’s frugality, revealing that he lived in his house at Ilupeju throughout his governorship days and until his death, used only his own vehicle as governor and never allocated any public land to himself directly or indirectly.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of “Selfless Service Award” by Mr Peter Obi to the late Jakande which was collected by his wife, Alhaja Abimbola Jakande.