Business mogul and Agba Oye of Ibadanland, Harry Akande has been pronounced dead after contracting the novel coronavirus, sources said.
He passed on, 5th of December, 2020, at the blissful age of 77.
A family statement issued by Olumide Akande read “In the early hours of Saturday, December 5, 2020, our patriarch Chief Harry Ayodele Akande passed away following a brief illness.
“Chief Harry Akande was an astute businessman of international repute whose legacy and influence cut across continents.
”But by far his greatest passion was for a better Nigeria that guaranteed equity and justice for all. It is our fervent hope that this will be a reality in the not too distant future.
”His passing is a huge shock to his immediate & extended family, friends & associates. We are all grappling to make some sense of it.
”As we seek the repose of his gentle soul, we ask you to in turn to uphold us in your prayers while we pass through this very turbulent period of our lives occasioned by the loss of someone as dear as him.”
Harry Akande is said to have been among the top tiers of people with wealth, in Nigeria. He was the chairman of Akande International Corporation (AIC) — which interests span the world of healthcare, engineering, building construction, and power.
At a time, during the history of presidential aspirants in Nigeria, the Agba Oye of Ibadanland was the leading candidate for the presidency for the now-defunct All Nigeria People’s Party.