Nigeria: Agagu: Obasanjo says he missed a dependable associate
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday in Akure, lamented the death of former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Agagu, saying he was a dependable associate.
Obasanjo’s eulogise Agagu in at the memorial rally held by the Peoples Democratic Party in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
The ex-President’s tributes were read at the event by Chief Olusola Oke, the PDP candidate at the last year’s governorship election in the state.
Obasanjo said, “I miss an honest adviser, a dependable associate, a confidant, a hard working colleague, a sober and peace-loving politician, an indomitable leader and a loyal follower, a lover of his community and a selfless and committed worker in the political vineyard.
“He was a worthy and respected co-worker with me in government where he brought his professional knowledge and intellectual ability to bear.”
The former President added that Agagu would be missed by every honest person, community, the state and Nigeria as a whole.
Meanwhile, as the body of Agagu arrives Akure on Thursday (today), Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko has urged the people of the state to troop out to honour the late ex-governor.
In a statement by the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, on Wednesday, Mimiko said his late predecessor deserved to be honoured by the people through their full participation in the burial activities already announced.
The body will arrive the Akure airport today by 9.00 am to a lying -in -state session at the Democracy Park in Akure.
Akinmade said, “The lying-in -state will take place early enough in Akure after the arrival of the body to enable it leave and arrive the deceased’s home town in Iju-Odo, Okitipupa Local Government Area, for another lying-in -state and wake by 5.00pm at the Iju -Odo Civic Centre.
“A burial service will hold for the departed on Friday, October 4 at the St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Iju-Odo, by 11.00 am while the remains of the late Agagu will be interred at the same venue and reception follows at Manuwa Memorial Grammar School in the same town.”