President Goodluck Jonathan, a former Head of State, Chief Ernest Shonekan and some state governors yesterday extolled Pa Ademola Fashola, the late father of Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State.
Jonathan, in a message to the interment at Ikoyi, Lagos, said Fashola lived a fulfilled life and died at the ripe age of 80 years.
“I express my condolences to the governor and other members of the family; I wish the late governor’s father Aljanah Fidau (the biggest paradise),’’ the president said.
Our correspondent reports that the Minister of Sports, Malam Bolaji Abdulahi, represented the president on the occasion.
Governor Fashola, who hurriedly returned to Lagos last night from Saudi Arabia where he was performing the lesser hajj, carried out the dust-to-dust ritual on behalf of family members.
He commended President Jonathan for rallying round the family in the moment of grief.
“I thank Mr President who called persistently until he got to me; he sent his representative to this occasion today — the Minister for Sports.
Meanwhile, Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi has condoled with his Lagos State counterpart, Governor Babatunde Fashola over the death of his father, Ademola Fashola.
Amaechi expressed his sympathy to the Fashola family in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. David Iyofor.
He urged Fashola and his family to be strong as they go through this period of grief and prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased.
“This is a most trying and heartbreaking time for you. But be assured that God knows best. I pray that you find strength and comfort from within as you mourn your late father and patriarch.”
“He was an exemplary father, a man who raised successful children, one of which is today the Governor of Lagos State. May his soul rest in peace,” Amaechi stated.
Similarly, the Northern States Governors Forum yesterday commiserated with Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State over the death of his father, Alhaji Ibrahim Ademola Fashola.
The Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr Babangida Aliyu, said in Minna in a condolence message signed by his spokesman, Mr Danladi Ndayebo, that the death of Alhaji Fashola was a big loss to the governor and the people of Lagos State.
The statement said that the death of Alhaji Fashola came at a critical time when his advice and guidance were required to address the myriad of problems confronting the nation.
The statement urged Governor Fashola to be consoled by the fact that his late father lived a life of service to God and humanity.
It advised the governor not to be discouraged by his father’s death, but should forge ahead with the enormous task of repositioning Lagos State.
It said that the best tribute that Fashola would pay to his late father was to continue to touch the lives of the people of Lagos State positively like he had been doing since his assumption of office in 2007.
The statement prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and members of his family and the people of Lagos State the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“I will like to say thank you very much to everyone who has rallied round the family even before I came back from Saudi Arabia.
“My brother governors, Imams and everybody, I thank you. Our gratitude is deep and immense and we cannot fully express it.
“My father was a loving friend, who allowed us to be the best we can. He guided us and encouraged us to succeed,’’Fashola said.
The governor said the family was glad that Pa Fashola passed on in the holy month of Ramadan and prayed to God to grant him a comfortable rest in Allah’s bosom.
Speaking on the occasion, Fayemi thanked God for giving late Fashola the grace to live an exemplary life.
“The legacies he left behind are worthy of emulation.
“We thank God that he left good children who are going to continue where he stopped and further promote the development of humanity.’’
In his comment, Amosun said the achievements of Gov. Fashola in Lagos were proofs that the deceased cared for his children and humanity.
Our correspondent also reports that the Chief Imam of Lagos Central Mosque, Alhaji Akinola Garba, led prayers on the occasion.
Among the dignitaries, who attended the burial, included a former governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, Osun Deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori and Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas.
Others are the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Rep.Yakub Balogun, and Alhaji Aliko Dangote, a business mogul
Northern Senators’ Forum Seeks Lasting Solutions To Insecurity
Chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, (APC-Sokoto) has called for lasting solutions to tackle the menace of insecurity in the country.
Wamakko made the call while briefing newsmen after the caucus’ closed-door session, held in Abuja, last Wednesday.
He said: “We must continue to find more solutions that can be applied to the security challenges.
“Of course, there are many ways of finding a solution. I know we are using the security outfit very well, but there are other ways of finding lasting solutions to the challenges, facing our country today.
“We are concerned as Nigerians and as northerners.
“This country has to be as free as possible, so that every Nigerian can move freely to do their normal businesses without any fear or security challenge, “he said.
He noted that at resumption on June 22, the forum would hold another meeting which would be aimed at strengthening the decisions taken so far.
Reps Seek End To Abuses In Orphanages
The House of Representatives has appealed to the Federal Government to end incessant abuses in orphanages across the country by the operators.
This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. James Owolabi (APC-Lagos) at yesterday’s plenary in Abuja
Speaking on the motion, Owolabi said that many orphanages were not registered, making it impossible for the authorities to ascertain the actual number of children in their custody.
He said that the unregistered orphanages were also involved in illegal operations such as child trafficking and nocturnal abuse of children.
He said it was the responsibility of government to protect the lives and property of citizens including orphans.
The House therefore, urged the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to collaborate with relevant agencies of government towards ending the abuse.
It mandated the committee on Women Affairs to ensure compliance.
Ganduje Restates Commitment To Community Policing In Kano
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reiterated his commitment to continue partnering with stakeholders in the security sector to ensure the state is safe and peaceful.
Ganduje made this known when the Nigeria Police Force Community Policing Agenda, appointed him as its National Patron.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Abba Anwar in Kano, Ganduje said:”we have community policing at the village, ward , local government, emirates levels.
“We chose 16 young people from each of the 44 local governments areas of the state for constabulary training,” he said.
Responding, the National Secretary of the association, Amb. Ibrahim Aboki said that the governor was nominated for his efforts in strengthening community policing.
“This is a man of honesty, integrity and philanthropy, the able and amiable dynamic leader and a ”Goal Getter:
“The security champion, we are presenting to you, an award and a letter as a National Patron.
“We duly acknowledge your role in pioneering, promoting and consolidating all security formations, security agencies and special constabularies,” he said.
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