Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and his Borno State counterpart, Alhaji Kassim Shettima, were among politicians and prominent Nigerians that paid condolence visit to the with Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola over the demise of his father, Alhaji
Ibrahim Fashola. Speaking during the visit, Mimiko described the passage of Fashola as a sad occurrence adding that though death would naturally provoke moments of grief, those left behind by the deceased should derive joy from the fact that he lived a good life and left a worthy legacy in
Governor Fashola. Mimiko, who came with some members of his cabinet, told Fashola, “We have come to commiserate with you over the death of your dear father. We have also come to rejoice with you because Papa lived a good life and he left behind a worthy legacy in the Governor of Lagos State”. In his remarks, the Borno State Governor, Shettima, said Fashola lived a good and fruitful life adding that he trained his children well and impacted positively on ordinary citizens, especially the poor and needy in the society. He noted that the Ibrahim Fashola wanted the best for his family and that was why he trained all his children well adding that the deceased lived a vey exemplary life and prayed for the repose of his soul
In his response, the Lagos State Governor, Fashola expressed gratitude for the visit and honour done to the memory of his father, noting that for the governors to leave the ever tasking challenges of governance in their various states to come down to Lagos to commiserate with him and the family was, indeed, a demonstration of how deep they honour him.
“There is a lot of history between us and the people of Borno State and I believe that this day’s honour reaffirms the common bond that our ancestors have shared. They are bonds which we must rededicate ourselves to fastening, to tightening and to remoulding so that in the fullness of time we may also hand it over to our children. They are bonds that I believe if pursued rigorously, will ultimately bring peace to our nation”, the governor said.
He thanked his Borno State counterpart for the visit. “As you continue to soldier on in the pursuit of love, peace and brotherhood across barriers, I pray that Allah grants you all of the wisdom and strength to discharge the mandate which was so graciously bestowed on you in respect of the people of Borno and, by extension, Nigeria”.
In his remarks, former Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing, Alhaji Femi Okunnu expressed gratitude in behalf of the Fashola family for the visit. Others who paid visit included a former military administrator of Lagos State, Commodore Ndubuisi Kanu and National Secretary of the
National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) Ayo Opadokun, the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Mr. David Paradang, and Executive members of the Igbo Communities in Lagos, among other prominent members of the society from all walks of life.