The death of former governor of Oyo State, senator Abiola Ajimobi at First Cardiology Consultant Hospital Lagos on Thursday after complications from Covid-19 has elicited a lot of reactions from Nigerias on social media.
While many government officials and his colleagues poured enconiums on him, some commoners attacked his person over some of his actions and statements he made as governor of the state.
The governor of Oyo State released a press statement and published on his twitter handle @seyiamakinde expressed sadness and mourned with his family.
The full statement below;
“I was so sorry to hear the news of the passing away of the immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi which sad event took place earlier today.
I cannot begin to imagine the pain the family must be going through at this time because of the loss of their patriarch. It is my prayer that God grants them all the strength to bear this great loss.
I join the good people of Oyo State as we mourn the death of a statesman. I have directed that flags fly at half-mast tomorrow in honour of our brother, friend and illustrious son of Oyo State.Surely, he will be remembered for leaving a blueprint for some of the activities that our administration is now undertaking.The Oyo State Government will be extending to his family, all the courtesies deserving of his personage. May his soul rest in peace.”
Lagos State governor, Babatunde Sanwo-Olu described Ajimobi as a leader who served the people of Oyo State and Nigeria with passion and a total commitment to progressive ideals.
The opposition party PDP calls his death a national loss
However some others from the street wants Nigerians and their leaders to reflect on the life and times of the former governor and do the right thing with regards to governance as that is what people will remember. Some bemoan the habit of speaking good of the dead when they actually did bad while alive, The African culture however forbids speaking bad of the dead but not with this generation of young Africans.
One of the high point of the late Ajimobi’s tenure as governor was his reaction to protesting students of the state’s university.