It’s been an outpouring of tributes for a former governor of Oyo state, Otunba Akala; who reportedly die in his sleep yesterday.
President Muhammadu Buhari has joined Nigerians in paying tribute to a former Governor of Oyo state, and member of the APC, Otunba Christopher Alao-Akala, who passed away, yesterday, at the age of 71.
Buhari while commiserating with the family of the deceased and the people of Oyo state said, Alao-Akala served the country and the people of Oyo state with dedication; making very important contributions to the development of institutions and communities.
He expressed hope that Akala’s legacies in entrenching good governance in the country and passion to lift the downtrodden in the society, will be honoured.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde abruptly ended the 2022 Inter-faith Prayer Service organised by the Oyo State Civil Service yesterday as the news broke.
He also condoled with the immediate family members of the former governor, his political associates and residents of the state while ordering that half masts be flown across the state.
Also, popular APC Chieftain, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in a condolence message said, “Coming a month after the death of Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi; the loss of Alao-Akala, another eminent son of Ogbomoso and Oyo state, is disheartening.
“Alao-Akala was a leader and prominent politician who did his best not only for his Ogbomoso-hometown but also Oyo state and Nigeria.
“Alao-Akala passed on when the state and particularly our APC needed his services. His wisdom and experience were required to help resolve the leadership crisis in the state and wield the party together once again.”
Expressing his shock at the news, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, commiserated with the people of Oyo state over the death of the former governor.
In the same vein, the Governor of Niger State , Abubakar Sani Bello has commiserated with the people of Oyo state over the death of former Oyo state governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala.
Governor Bello in a condolence message said the deceased was a man who had a humble beginning but through determination and hard work, rose to become a police officer and retired after a meritorious service to the nation.
He further said the deceased was also a grassroot politician pointing out that he made a mark in the political history of Oyo state in particular and the country in general.
The governor said late Alao-Akala would be greatly missed for his efforts in making democracy virile in the country.
Meanwhile, the 71-year-old former governor of Oyo state, Otunba Christopher Alao-Akala was reported to have died in his sleep on Wednesday morning, at his Ogbomoso country home.