President Goodluck Jonathan has described the death of the Second Republic Deputy Governor of old Ondo State, Chief Akin Omoboriowo, as irreparable. He also described the sudden death of the mother of the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar as shocking.
Aisha Abubakar died in Egypt hospital yesterday after a brief illness.
In a press statement signed by his special adviser on media and publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, Jonathan said it was noteworthy that Omoboriowo as a politician was not afraid to stand for his political beliefs.
He also commended the commitment of the late IGP’s mother to the welfare needs of the less-privileged in her community.
As the remains of late Hajiya Aisha Abubakar will be interred tomorrow in Gusau, Zamfara State according to Islamic rites, Jonathan also condoled with Abubakar and other family members, and prayed Almighty God to grant the soul of their late mother eternal repose.
Aged 81, Omoboriowo was the running mate to the late Governor of the old Ondo State, Chief Micheal Adekunle Ajasin in the 1983 general elections.
The late lawyer, cum politician died at his son’s residence in Lagos yesterday.
Meanwhile, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has described Omoboriowo as a political and community leader whose contribution to the political development of the nation will remain indelible.
The former governor of defunct Kaduna state, Alhaji Muhammadu Lawal Kaita described the death of one of his contemporaries in politics, Omoboriowo as a colossal loss to the nation even as he said the elderstateman died at a time he was needed most.
In an emotion laden voice, Kaita who spoke to one of our correspondents in a telephone interview said that late Omoboriowo “was a very good colleague and one of the finest politicians and leaders in Nigeria.”