More encomiums are expected to be poured on the deceased.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, in Abuja on Sunday.
“On behalf of himself, the Federal Government and all Nigerians, President Jonathan extends heartfelt condolences to Adesina’s family and the Government and people of Oyo State,” the statement read.
Mr. Jonathan noted that the former governor devoted his entire adult life to working for the progress of his people and the nation. He said Mr. Adesina’s courage in political struggles as well as his honesty, integrity, sincere commitment and dedication to the service of his people before and during his tenure endeared him to all.
The President said the deceased will be honoured and remembered by present and future generations as an exemplary leader who did his best to improve the lives of his people.
The Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko also described the death of Mr. Adesina as a sad and shocking loss.
Mr. Mimiko, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola in Akure, said though death is a necessary and certain end to all beings, the suddenness of Mr. Adesina’s death was shocking.
The statement reads in part, “Alhaji Lam was a humble teacher and good leader of his people. He was not known to be flippant, arrogant with power or inordinately ambitious.
“When his people called upon him for leadership, he was not abusive of the privilege and did not amass wealth to the detriment of the people.
“Our heartfelt condolence goes to his family, the government and people of Oyo State and indeed all his associates,” Mr. Mimiko said.
He prayed for God’s strength to the family as they mourn their loved and respected member.
In his condolence message, the factional leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Reuben Fasoranti, described Mr. Adesina’s death as a rude shock.
Mr. Fasoranti in a telephone conversation said he received the news of the death of the former governor as a surprise.
“The death of Lam Adesina is coming to me as a shock. Though he has been on the sick bed, I thought he will recover from it. We cannot but pray to God to give his family the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.