Lagos State Governor-Elect, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday commiserated with his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and the entire family of the late politician, Oba Mufutau Olatunji Hamzat, who until his passage was the traditional ruler of Afowora Sogade in Ogun State.
Sanwo-Olu in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, recalled the services of the late monarch to the people of Lagos where, he was a frontline politician and lived most of his adult life, adding that Oba Hamzat lived a life worthy of emulation, urging the current generation of leaders to make service to the people which the late monarch lived for, the cornerstone of public service.
“While I extend my condolences to my brother, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and the entire family, I must implore them to be comforted with the worthy life of our father and leader, Oba Olatunji Hamzat. He was a political leader of immense stature in Lagos and he played politics of service to the people as a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly in 1979 and as a Commissioner.
“He was a leader of men and women who came under his political tutelage in Lagos. He was for the progressive ideals and stood firmly for the welfare of the people as against that of selfish and personal aggrandizement. He was also a decent man who raised quality children and mentored a lot of young people. It is very sad that he had to go at a time like this when his wise counsel will be most needed. We are inspired by his example of selfless service to Lagos to continue to work to impact positively on the lives of Lagosians.”
On his part, the Lagos State deputy governor-elect described his father as a great man who committed his life to the service of the people.
Hamzat, who spoke immediately after the news of his father death was confirmed, noted that the late traditional ruler served the people of Lagos State meritoriously as a frontline politician in the progressive camp as an elected legislator in 1979 under the Unity Party of Nigeria and as a Commissioner.
The late Oba Hamzat before he became a King in Ogun State few years ago was a frontline politician in Lagos State from the first Republic where he was a leading member of the Action Group and the Unity Party of Nigeria in the second republic.
He was a leader in the progressive camp in Lagos with the return of democratic governance in 1999 as a member of the Alliance for Democracy and the All Progressives Congress.
Hamzat said that his father was a devoted family man, a statesman, a committed man of faith who mentored generation of people in different fields of human endeavours until his death.
“I thank God for a life well spent by my father. He was a great man who brought up his children with the time honoured values of hardwork, integrity and commitment to service. He impacted positively on many lives till his death. He played important roles in the politics of Lagos State from the days of Action Group.
“In the Second Republic he was a chieftain of Unity Party of Nigeria and was at the fore-front of progressive politics in Nigeria and Lagos in particular. He was called upon to be the king of his community in Ogun State much later in his life. He served the community well. His reign brought development and progress. We will miss him and his father figure role.”