The Lagos State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has congratulated elder statesman, Lateef Jakande, the first Executive Governor of Lagos State on his 90th birthday.

The felicitation was contained in a statement signed by the union’s Chairman and Secretary, Dr. Qasim Akinreti and Mr. Alfred Odifa respectively.

The statement which described Pa Jakande as a “model journalist, politician and administrator par excellence,” noted further that his “legacies pervade the entire length and breadth of the state.”


The statement read in part: “The Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, heartily congratulates Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande on his 90th birthday.

“Unlike many politicians who amassed stupendous wealth and resources after serving in many capacities and acquiring mansions and flashy cars, the nonagenarian lives a modest life in retirement.

“The nonagenarian is a model journalist, politician and administrator par excellence who remains a reference point of governance in Lagos and Nigeria in general.

“The union prays for long life for “Baba Kekere” as he is fondly called.’’


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