Lagos State first Civilian Governor of Alhaji Lateef Jakande, who died on Thursday morning, has been laid to rest amidst tears.
His burial at Volts and Gardens cemetery on Friday was headed by pre-burial Islamic supplications at his home in the Ilupeju area of Lagos State.
His son, Deji, other family members, and lovers cried as his body was being interred after the Muslim prayer by the Chief Imam of Lagos, Abou-Nolla.
Jakande was laid to rest a few minutes to 6 pm amidst tributes from prominent personalities in the country.
His body, which arrived at the cement at 5:11 pm, was escorted to the cemetery with the staff of the office of the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu.
Among the dignitaries present are the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat; Senator Ibikunle Amosun; and former Ogun State Governor, Olusegun Osoba.
Osoba said “an Iroko tree, as well as an elephant, has fallen”.
He said the late Jakande would be remembered as a personification of the best in journalism and a political colossus.
“He singlehandedly founded both the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria and the Nigerian Institute of Journalism.
“He was the first black African chairman of the International Press Institute made up of publishers and editors all over the world,” Osoba said.