So, below are some of the reactions to his death on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Jaknade passed on at the age of 91.
President Muhammadu Buhari believes Jakande lived for the good of others, state, and country, and his legacy of standing for all that was right for humanity would be long remembered.
We celebrate and not mourn Jakande – Tinubu
“Showing his extraordinary natural ability, Pa Jakande was largely self-educated, yet he rose to become a man of great knowledge and a preeminent figure in Nigerian journalism who stood as one of the most incisive and brilliant editorialists of his generation.
” He practiced journalism with the most audacious courage in defence of freedom, liberty, and equity even in the thick of vicious military dictatorship. As accomplished he was as a journalist, Pa Jakande shone even more brightly as a governor and true leader of Lagos State.
“Whatever we have been able to accomplish in Lagos State is because of the groundwork Pa Jakande set out before us. In so many ways, he is the inspirational father of modern Lagos State. In housing, education, health care, and road construction, he left an indelible imprint.
“Thousands of Lagosian families still reside in the several housing estates he constructed across the state. Thousands of beneficiaries of his free education scheme are accomplished professionals and successful individuals in diverse fields today.
“The Jakande administration conceptualized and actualized the Lagos-Badagry Expressway that opened that whole sector of the state for development. His administration conceived the Round Office from which I operated for eight years as governor but he did not occupy the structure even for one day. This was characteristic of him for Papa toiled & worked not for his personal benefit but for the future and the good of others. Incidentally, my administration conceived the new Lagos State Governor’s Office, which I never occupied for one day!
“In this and in most other things, I tried to walk in the spirit of Jakande! The late elder statesman was a fount of invaluable advice and support throughout my tenure as governor. He was a mature statesman never given to histrionics or fanning the embers of disunity.
“At difficult moments in the nation’s history, such as the struggle against military dictatorship, he took personal painful decisions that cost him a lot but his integrity was never impugned.
“My last memory of him was at his 90th birthday last year when we gathered to celebrate him. The great man sat there, silent, bowed, humble, unaffected – a model lesson of servant leadership.
“I, as well as all Lagosians, and Nigerians will miss him in ways that words cannot fully express for he was a true original. He was one of a kind.
Yet he would admonish us not to mourn him but to celebrate his life by carrying on in the spirit of compassion to build a more progressive and just society. Of course, we will shed tears and feel saddened by the passing of this great man.
“Yet we must also thank God that we had the honour to have known him and to have learned so much from him. Now we must honour him by emulating the kindness and social vision that made him so special.
“My thoughts at this moment are with Papa’s pillar of support, Alhaja Jakande, and the children, including my former Personal Assistant, Hon. Deji Jakande, and all others left behind by Alhaji Jakande. May Almighty Allah comfort them all.
“We celebrate Papa’s life and his legacy and we must do our best to continue to build on them. May Almighty Allah grant Baba Jakande Aljanna Firdaus. Amin.”
Jakande a true democrat – Obasanjo
In a related development, former President Olusegun Obasanjo described the late first civilian governor of Lagos State as a true democrat and journalists of repute.
Obasanjo stated this in a condolence letter written to Jakande’s widow, Abimbola. The former president noted that Jakande worked tirelessly for the unity of the nation, adding that the deceased served the country principally through journalism and through newspaper management before becoming an active politician.
“He served this nation principally through journalism and through newspaper management before becoming an active politician. It must not be forgotten that he served as an Editor of the Nigerian Tribune at a stage in his career where he acquitted himself as a positively-minded, focused and imaginative personality. Indeed, he steered the company to editorial credibility and profitability and this has remained a reference point in the history of the organisation till today. It is with similar verve and energy that he pursued his work at John West Publications which was established by him to publish The Lagos News.
“He was a master of the craft of column-writing. He also helped in the professional re-orientation of the younger generation of journalists in all the media organisations he had found himself.
“He would be remembered as a fine journalist and one that was greatly admired by the general public and his peers as a straight-forward and complete gentleman majorly.”
Ambode grateful to Jakande for his unparallel service
The immediate past governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode noted that he was ripe of age and Lagios will ever be grateful to him for “his unparalleled service”.
Ambode in a statement issued by his Executive Assistant, Hunsu Peter, noted that he always looked forward to his fatherly advice and encouragement while in office.
“Apart from that was his visible presence at state events, even with his health condition never deterred him from giving his support. This shows how he lived a very humbled and upright life throughout his sojourn here on earth.
“This is a big loss to Lagosians and Nigerians in general. But we take solace in the fact that he left huge footprints that will remain indelible in the minds of progressive Lagosians,” the former governor said.