Lagos State political figures, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has expressed sadness over the sudden death of Senator Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo who passed away on Monday morning at the age of 64 after a brief illness
The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that Osinowo famously called Pepperito, represented Lagos East Senatorial District at the Upper Legislative Chamber of the National Assembly and was the Chairman, Senate Committee on Industries until his death.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, says he has received with shock and sadness the news. He condoled with Senator Osinowo’s family, friends, political associates and also the government and people of Lagos State over the loss. Lawan said Osinowo served his country creditably as a Distinguished Senator at the Ninth Senate which marked its first anniversary only last week.
The Senate President said the pains of Senator Osinowo’s untimely departure will be felt by his Distinguished colleagues and the National Assembly in general. Lawan prayed for sweet repose of his gentle soul and for God to grant those he left behind the fortitude to bear the loss.
Meanwhile, Sanwo-Olu in a condolence message, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile described Senator Osinowo’s death as a rude shock, coming at a time when the State and indeed the entire nation had just started benefiting from his wealth of political and administrative experience.
The Governor said Senator Osinowo’s demise had thrown the State into mourning, urging Lagosians, whose interests the late lawmaker represented at the National Assembly to use his death as a reminder that the battle against the ravaging coronavirus pandemic is far from being won.
“The death of Senator Bayo Osinowo is painful. He died at a time when we have just begun to consolidate on our successes and see a ray of hope in our fight against the covid-19. We must not allow the death of Senator Osinowo to deter us from forging ahead in our quest to finding a lasting solution to the dreaded disease.” his statement read.
“I am saddened by the death of this fine gentleman; a loyal party man and committed democrat, with a deep understanding of the State’s social and political landscape. Senator Osinowo was an extremely loyal politician, who started his political journey with the progressives and remained in the fold until his unfortunate exit today.”
“There’s no doubting the fact that he would be missed by the entire political class, particularly his immediate constituents in Kosofe, the Lagos East Senatorial District and the State as a whole.”
The Governor added that the best honour to give the deceased would be for government to speedily achieve a turn around in the State’s health sector by ensuring that no single life is lost on the account of poor health.
Governor Sanwo-Olu condoled with the immediate family of the departed, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, President of the Senate, Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan over what he described as the loss of a “dear colleague”.
He also sympathised with members of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos and at the national level as well as the Lagos State House of Assembly. Also Tinubu, in a condolence message, described Osinowo’s death as a painful loss to him and Lagosians
“The sudden, unexpected passing of Osinowo has deeply hurt me and Lagosians. He was more than a close friend and political associate. Over the years he became like a family member and brother in so many ways,” the APC leader said.
He noted that the late senator’s contributions to the return of democracy were significant and enduring. “He was a stabilising figure who worked hard and tirelessly to make Lagos a better place. As a prominent political figure in Lagos, he served our state with dedication, passion and concern for the common man.” Tinubu began.
“He cared for all Lagosians. Bayo and I have come a long way, dating back to our days in the pro-democracy struggles. We both enlisted in the the then Social Democratic Party (SDP) where he served so well as the Youth Chairman of that party during the Third Republic and later in the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in 1998 after the restoration of democracy.
“In the Lagos State House of Assembly, where he was a four-time member from 2003 to 2019 representing Kosofe Constituency 1, he was more than a member of that house. He provided leadership. His election in 2019 to represent Lagos East in the senate, demonstrated not only his immense political skills but also the affection the people have for him and his popularity.
“Thus far in the National Assembly, he discharged himself creditably as chairman, senate committee on industries,” Tinubu said.
According to Tinubu, the late senator was not born with riches but he was extremely industrious. He said Osinowo, however, rose from a modest background to the great heights that he attained.
“His death hurt all who know him because he was more than an excellent politician. Bayo was a man with a kind heart and ready smile. His loyalty and enthusiasm was legendary, just as his generosity. People loved him. So many tears have been shed,” he said
Tinubu urged all to summon strength to carry on. He said that his thoughts were with his immediate family. He prayed Almighty Allah to comfort and give them the solace that only He could provide. “May Almighty Allah grant him eternal rest and admit him to Aljanna Firdaus,” he said
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