Salihu Dantata Mahmud a one time staff of the late former Lagos State Governor Dr. Lateef Kayode Jakande, has condoled with the wife, Alhaja Sikirat Jakande, son and children in their ilupeju home in Lagos state.
Salihu described the death of Jakande as a àgreat loss to humanity, having added value to the lives of many less previleged Nigerians in the area of free education, housing, health and Human capacity.
Adding that he built a record, no governor has beaten till date.
He further emphasised that Jakande was a detribalised Nigerian who gave succour to many including Salihu, a Non Yoruba Indigene.
“As a young man, no one introduced me to Jakande in 1999, when we met at transcorp Hilton, where in my capacity as team leader of the global information team, he offered me appointment as his Northern personal assistant”.
“Later as crime correspondent,subscription manager,circulation manager, acting bureau chief, Zonal manager North of good homes estates Ltd, Pioneer publicity secretary of his defunct Action party of Nigeria, and late National Secretary.Without minding where I hailed from or whose son I was.”
Similarly,his closest friend during his tenure as Governor was the late Governor of old Borno state, Alhaji Mohammed Goni.
When Jakande”s late daughter was involved in auto accident as Governor, he refused flying her abroad instead advised that she should be taken to Igbobi general hospital in Lagos.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immortalise him as well as the Lagos state governor. He lived a life worthy of emulation.
May Allah grant him Aljanna Firdausi.