– Olusegun Obasanjo has said that COVID-19 has killed many prominent Nigerians in a short time
– The former president was particularly reacting to the death of Ndubuisi Kanu, a onetime military governor of Lagos and Imo, and Bolu Akin-Olugbade, a business mogul
– The outspoken elder state man admitted that the pandemic has shrunk the ranks of the nation’s leadership
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Former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday, January 14, lamented that the deadly COVID-19 pandemic has affected Nigeria in many ramifications.
Obasanjo, in specific terms, reacted to the fact that the virus has claimed the lives of promising Nigerians who in significant measure contributed to the greatness of the country, and until their death, were still resourceful.
The former leader directed his attention to the death of Ndubuisi Kanu, who served as a military governor of Lagos, and Bolu Akin-Olugbade, a famous businessman, The Cable reports.
He wailed that the pandemic has reduced the ranks of the nation’s leadership.
In a condolence letter to the bereaved family of Ndubuisi, Obasanjo wrote:
“Admiral Kanu’s inspiring career traversed soldiering, public administration, pro-democracy activism, and business.
“It is noteworthy that in the course of his military service which straddled more than two decades, he acquitted himself as a dedicated officer, a gentleman, and a real patriot.”
In another letter through his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo acknowledged the role Akin-Olugbade played in Nigeria’s economic development.
“Ever resourceful and conducting himself with dignity and forthrightness, the late lawyer and business mogul acquired a well-deserved reputation for his deep knowledge in legal matters and business acumen.
“It is thus not surprising that he had the way of ingenious participation in several areas of the economy.”
Earlier, it was reported that Akin-Olugbade had died from COVID-19 complications.
The socialite died on Wednesday, January 13, at an isolation facility in Lagos. The deceased was born on April 2, 1956, to the family of late Babatunde Akin-Olugbade, Balogun of Owu and a wealthy businessman.
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