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Lateef Jakande, first civilian governor of Lagos, dies at 91

by Kunle Awosiyan

The former governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande is dead.

Fondly called Baba Kekere, he died in the early hours of Thursday at the age of 91.

He was the first civilian Governor of Lagos State and served from 1979 to 1983.

He became governor under the platform Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) founded by a former Premier of the Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo.

As a journalist, he first worked with the Daily Service and then in 1953, joined the Nigerian Tribune where he rose to become the Editor-in-Chief.

Jakande made impacts in the areas of housing, education, health, and rural development.

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