Ex-CBN Governor, Vincent Buried


Former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Olabode Vincent was buried in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, today amidst encomiums by prominent Nigerians.

Former Head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola and other dignitaries attended service in his honour at the African Church Cathedral (Bethel) at 59, Broad Street, Lagos Island.

In his sermon, the Right Reverend Isaac Akin Falana, the Bishop of Rivers State Diocese of the African Church, extolled the virtues of the late Ola Vincent, describing him as a righteous person whose integrity was never in doubt.

Right Reverend Falana said Pa. Ola Vincent was a listening elder who devoted his time to address the problem of the youth who approached him.

“Nobody goes to ‘Baba’ and gets out distraught. He will always try to meet your need,” the clergyman recalled.

He challenged leaders to emulate the late Ola Vincent, charging that they will one day become history.

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Other important personalities at the church service include: former CBN Governor, Joseph Sanusi, Deputy Governor of the CBN, Tunde Lemo, Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Prince Segun Adessegun and first elected governor of Lagos State Alhaji Lateef Jakande.

Vincent was governor of the CBN from 1977 to 1982.

He died on Monday after a brief illness at St. Nicolas Hospital, Lagos. He was 87.

After the church service, his remains were interred at Ikoyi Cemetery, Lagos.

—Abeeb Ogunbadejo

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