On Thursday, February 11, 2021, the incumbent Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the passing of the first civilian Governor of Lagos, Alhaji Lateef Jakande at the age of 91.
He said: With gratitude to God for a worthy life well spent in the service of Lagos State, Nigeria and humanity, I announce the death of a venerable statesman, outstanding politician, public administrator and the first Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande.
Alhaji Lateef Jakande served as Lagos Governor from October 1979 to December 1983 on the platform of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN).
Here are 5 things you may not have known about the civilian governor of Lagos State, Lateef Jakande
1. He was a vibrant Journalist
He first worked with the Daily Service and then joined the Nigerian Tribune in 1953, where he rose to become the Editor-in-chief.
He later left Tribune in 1975 and established John West Publications on whose platform he published the Lagos News.
2. His contribution to solving homelessness
He introduced one of the largest mass housing projects in the country, building about 30,000 housing units for low-income earners.
3. He wasn’t flashy
Lateef Jakande rode in his private car, a Toyota Crown as governor, rather than the luxurious Benz used by his colleagues.
4. He turned several popular private schools into public schools.
Jakande angered a lot of people by taking over the “Legacy Schools” in Lagos and opening them up to the general public.
Some of such schools were CMS Grammar School, Methodist Boys High School, St Gregory’s College and Baptist Academy, just to mention a few.
He was arrested by the Buhari military administration in 1983, charged, prosecuted and convicted of treason.
He was later pardoned.
May the soul of Alhaji Lateef Jakande rest in peace!