Gov. Bassey Otu
Governor Bassey Otu of Cross River State has described the death of the former Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, as a great loss to the nation.
Otu in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Ogbeche, said the deceased was a library of ideas and patriotism.
Speaking on the death of former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Thursday in Calabar, the governor said, “the passing on of Governor Akerdolu is a great loss for our country as he was a library of ideas, patriotism and equity.
“As a governor and an accomplished legal intellectual, he championed equity, fairness and justice not just for the various sub-nationals that make up our great country, but for every Nigerian.
“As saddened as I am and my administration, we take solace in the fact that Governor Akeredolu lived a life of impact, advocacy for the common good and has left a legacy of exemplary conduct and democratic ideals for all to emulate”.
In a related development, the governor said, he was also “sadden at the death of the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ghali Na’Abba.
“He will be remembered for his courage and commitment to the deals of democracy and representative governance.
“I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the both deceased and the Governments and peoples of Ondo and Kano States, respectively.”