Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Sunday expressed sadness over the death of a former Deputy Governor of the State, Rafiu Jafojo.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Habib Aruna, Mr. Ambode described Mr. Jafojo’s death as a great loss to the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr. Jafojo, who was deputy governor during the administration of Lateef Jakande, died on Saturday in his Lagos residence at the age of 80.
According to the statement, Mr. Jafojo’s contribution to the development of the state will not be forgotten in a hurry.
“Alhaji Jafojo was part and parcel of an administration during the Second Republic that has been widely applauded across Nigeria for achieving several milestones which are still being made reference to.
“He was an astute politician who was very loyal to the development of the state.
“Together with Alhaji Lateef Jakande, they formed a strong partnership and set the template for this development,” the statement quoted Mr. Ambode as saying.
He said, “Jafojo, in spite of his age, continued to contribute his quota to the development of the state.
“On behalf of the government and good people of Lagos State, I want to express our heartfelt condolence to the family of Alhaji Jafojo on this great and irreparable loss.
“He surely paid his dues and Lagosians will always remember him.
“The State Government under my administration will continue to ensure that the ideals he propagated while alive will continue to be upheld and improved upon,” Mr. Ambode said.