13th October, 2010
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Tuesday joined eminent personalitiesÂ like former Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and Deputy Governor, Princess SarahÂ Adebisi Sosan to pay his last respects to the former Minister of Education, ProfessorÂ Aliu Babatunde Fafunwa at his lying in state in Victoria Island and fidau prayers at theÂ Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.
Governor Fashola first visited the Bendel Close, Victoria Island, Lagos residence ofÂ Professor Fafunwa where he was received by family members. He condoled with the widow,Â Mrs Doris Fafunwa and the children before paying his last respects to the body which laidÂ in state and also signed the condolence register.
The Governor also attended the fidau prayers organised for the deceased at the TafawaÂ Balewa Square where he extolled the virtues of late Professor Fafunwa as a man who livedÂ a fulfilled life worthy of emulation.
Speaking earlier in an interview with newsmen at the residence of Professor BabatundeÂ Fafunwa, Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) described the renowned educationistâ€™s death asÂ a national loss.
Said he: â€œHere is somebody who dedicated his life and energy towards the development ofÂ education which is still a challenge for this country. I hope that we will find aÂ rallying point to re-energise our efforts and our capabilities to develop and strengthenÂ education in this country as an honour and tribute to him so that his efforts would notÂ be in vainâ€.
The governor, who stated that the government and people of Lagos State mourn with theÂ family, described the death as a very painful separation, but that thanks must be givenÂ to God for the benefit of the association with him.
He described the late Professor as: â€œOur own gift from Lagos to this country and theÂ continent and somebody who served this country and his people with dedication andÂ honourâ€.
According to Governor Fashola, â€œIt is indeed very ironic that at 87, he did not get tiredÂ to serve and it was while serving that he answered the final call. We thank God for hisÂ life and pray that God grants him Aljanah Firdaus.â€