Ex-Pres. Jonathan mourns late Alao Akala

Ex-President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has expressed shock over the passing of former Governor of Oyo state, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, stressing that the late politician died when his services were still needed.

Alao-Akala, who was born in Ogbomosho, Oyo State, on June 3, 1950, died at the age of 71.
Dr. Jonathan described late Akala as a committed public servant and patriot who served the nation to the best of his abilities.  
“He was a public-spirited individual who excelled in many endeavors in both his private and public life, and never got tired of giving his best to the task of nation building.
“As a police officer, he rose through the ranks and diligently served the nation in various capacities before retiring as an Assistant Commissioner of Police. He was a key player in the Fourth Republic politics, especially in Oyo state where he served as Deputy Governor and Governor” Dr. Jonathan stated, adding that he recorded considerable achievements.
The former President noted  that the late Akala would “be sadly missed because he still had a lot to offer, given his experience, wisdom and determination to the development of the nation.”

Alao-Akala, who also served as deputy governor in the state between 2003 and 2007, was 71-years-old. He would have celebrated his 72nd year birthday in June.

One of the security details of the governor said: ‘Oga went to bed yesterday night and with instruction that we would travel from Ogbomoso to Ibadan today. This morning, the convoy was ready and we were expecting oga to come out. When we did not see him for a long time because it was unsual of him, one of us went inside and it was discovered that oga has not come out of his bedroom. Later, we found out that he is dead.’

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