President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday expressed sadness over the death of elder statesman and former governor of Oyo State, Alhaji Lam Adesina, saying he would be honoured and remembered as an exemplary leader.
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the president, Dr. Reuben Abati, in as statement noted that Jonathan prayed God to receive Adesina's soul and grant him eternal rest.
The statement made available to LEADERSHIP reads in part: "On behalf of himself, the Federal Government and all Nigerians, President Jonathan extends heart-felt condolences to Alhaji Adesina's family and the government and people of Oyo State.
"The President joins late Alhaji Adesina's family, relatives, friends, associates and all who knew him in mourning the renowned educationist and political leader who devoted his entire adult life to working for the progress of his people and the nation."
Senate President David Mark on his part described the former Oyo State governor , who passed on to the great beyond yesterday, as a progressive who stood on the side of the people at all times.
Senator Mark in a condolence message to the government and people of the state on demise of Adesina said the former governor would be remembered for his passion, selfless service and love for the ordinary Man.
According to Mark, "Death is a necessary end that must come when it shall. We are however consoled that Late Adesina contributed positively to the development of the society during his life time. He left an indelible footprint on the sand of time."
Alhaji Adesina died in Lagos yesterday morning and his remains have been buried at his Felele residence in Ibadan according to Muslim rites. He was 73 years old.
On his part, ACN leader Ahmed Bola Tinubu described Lam Adesina as an astute progressive who never gave up in the face of intimidation, detention and manipulation.
A statement by Tinubu media office said yesterday Adesina "led the democratic struggle against the military that led to the triumph of the people and the brightening of hope and opportunities for the mass of our people", Tinubu said.