Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has expressed sadness over the death of his esteemed Ondo State governor-colleague and brother, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN.
Akeredolu died at about 2am of Wednesday, December 27, 2023 in a German hospital.
Akeredolu was undergoing treatment for Leukermia and prostate cancer when he gave up the ghost.
He was 67 years old.
Bello in statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogu Mohammed Described Akeredolu as a pre-eminent and forward-thinking progressive leader.
Governor Bello reflected on his transformative impact as the President of the Nigeria Bar Association in 2008 and Akeredolu’s unwavering commitment and dedication in steering the ship of democracy and good governance during his tenure as the Governor of Ondo State.
The governor said Akeredolu’s death is a big loss “not only to the Akeredolu family and Ondo State alone but a monumental loss to the entire nation.”
Recalling Akeredolu’s role as a senior governor-colleague and statesman, Governor Bello emphasized the invaluable wise counsel and kind guidance that he significantly contributed to the enhancement of the Nigeria Governors Forum’ leadership and democratic institutions in Nigeria.
“I received the sad news of the death of my elder brother and senior colleague, His Excellency Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, with a deep sense of grief.
“Akeredolu was not just a senior governor-colleague but also a statesman whose wisdom and kind guidance have profoundly impacted my leadership.
“In addition to his invaluable contributions specifically in the Governors Forum and the democratic institution in Nigeria over the years.
“This is a great loss to all of us, the people of Ondo State, and Nigeria in general.
“God gives life and takes at His will. May the heavens receive the soul of my brother with the generosity and kindness he showered on humanity over the years,” Bello saod.
Bello then urged the family, friends, and colleagues of the late legal luminary to find “solace in his exemplary leadership and dedication to the service of humanity, which have undeniably resulted in remarkable progress in our democratic journey as a nation.” (vitalnewsngr.com)