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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun have sympathized with the Akin-Olugbade family over the death of Ogun elder statesman, Dr. Bolu Akin-Olugbade.
The legal luminary who died on Wednesday in Lagos was an Aare Ona Kakanfo and a prominent son of Owu Kingdom.
While the former president described the death as a depletion in the nation’s ranks of dedicated and resourceful patriotic leaders, Abiodun said it was a personal loss.
Obasanjo in a condolence letter to his wife, Chief (Mrs.) Oladunni Akin-Olugbade,
remarked that ‘Bolu’ would be greatly missed by his community, Local Government Area, State and the nation in general.
“Inspite of his privileged background, Bolu did not lose the common touch. He was as passionate in his defence of Nigerian unity as he was devoted to his roots. No wonder, he actively promoted the history and culture of his local community who also immensely benefited from his wise counsel and generosity.
“Ever resourceful and conducting himself with dignity and forthrightness, the late lawyer and business mogul acquired a well-deserved reputation for his deep knowledge in legal matters and business acumen. It is thus not surprising that he had the way of ingenious participation in several areas of the economy.
“He was a committed and an effective representative of his people and worked for their progress. His unfaltering support for the general interest of Owu Kingdom and its Chiefs-in-Council cannot be over-emphasised. He was loyal, devoted, dedicated and faithful generally to Owu cause and interest.
“As the Chair of Owu Empowerment Committee, he gave in cash and kind. Bolu will be greatly missed by his community, Local Government Area, State and the nation in general. All Owu people have lost a great son,” Obasanjo said.
On his part, Ogun State governor in a statement described the deceased as “a perfect gentleman, who etched his name in the academia, business and social circle.”
“It is a personal tragedy for me as a friend and associate. Dr. Bolu Akin-Olugbade will be sorely missed by everyone that he came across. He was both passionate and compassionate and that can be attested to by his accomplishments as a Law scholar, businessman and socialite”.
“Ogun State will definitely miss the goodwill, network and prodigious intellect of Dr. Bolu Akin-Olugbade. His professional accomplishments contributed to the substance that gives the State its pride of place among States of the Federation and across the globe”, the Governor said.
“We condole with members of his immediate family and pray that the Almighty God will give them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. We condole with every citizen of Ogun State, particularly, those of Owu kingdom for this very major loss”, the governor said.