‘He stopped breathing when he tried to eat breakfast’ – Son tells how the former governor of Jakanda died
Alhaji Latif Kayode Jakande, the first civilian governor of Lagos State, passed away on Thursday, and statesmen, politicians, monarchs, senior government officials and other prominent Nigerians paid tribute to the man.
According to The Nation, the veteran journalist and politician passed away at his home at breakfast. He was 91 years old.
Jakanda was elected governor in 1979 on the platform of the late Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), led by the late leader Obafemi Awolowo.
He was re-elected in the 1983 general election. He also served as Minister of Labor and Housing under the Abacha regime.
His son Deji, a former member of the House of Representatives, said he had not shown any signs of illness in the past 24 hours.
Indeed, Jakande, affectionately referred to by fans as Baba Kekere, on Wednesday confirmed its membership in the All-Progressive Government Congress (APC).
Deji said: “We thank God for his life. He was not sick. I took baby food and shrimp yesterday. He was still reading newspapers without glasses.
“We didn’t allow visitors to visit him because of Covid-19 because he loves to shake people up. Today (yesterday) he was going to have breakfast. Suddenly he could no longer breathe. We called a doctor to see him. It was from 10.30 to 11.00.
“Many called. The governor, the deputy governor, the party chairman called.
“He will be buried tomorrow, after the Jumat service, before 4:00 pm in the crypt and gardens of Ikoya.”