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Agagu’s death 'regrettable, colossal loss'

15 September 2013, 08:45

Abeokuta - As more reactions continued to follow the death of former Gov. Olusegun Agagu of Ondo State, Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun on Saturday described his death as "regrettable".

Amosun said in a statement: "Agagu's death at the age of 65 was depressing."

Agagu reportedly slumped in Ikoyi, Lagos, where he was having a meeting on Friday evening, barely 24 hours after he returned from a trip abroad.

Amosun said: "He died at a time when the nation would have benefited more from his wealth of experience as an intellectual, politician and public servant."

He commiserated with the family of the deceased as well as the government and people of Ondo State, while praying that God should grant his soul eternal rest.

Chief Olusola Oke, the PDP governorship candidate in Ondo State in the last election, described Agagu’s death as "a colossal loss".

In a statement in Akure, Oke said: "Agagu was an epitome of humility, with an unparalleled display of intelligence, tolerance and accommodation; he was the pillar of hope for the less-privileged".

He said that Agagu had been involved in nation-building affairs, particularly in the last 15 years.

"Be it in terms of development, in terms of economy, in terms of politics and our nation at large, Agagu had been in the forefront.

"The vacuum, which his demise has created, will be very difficult, if not impossible, to fill," Oke said.

Mayowa Akinfolarin, former Deputy Speaker of Ondo State Assembly during Agagu’s administration, said: "We have lost a great man; Dr Agagu was great when he was alive and even in death.

"He is still great and if you care to know, I make bold to say that he was responsible for the level of development in Ondo State today.

"He was a man that we will be remembering for a very long time with all the legacies he left behind.

"He was a man who always accommodated different opinions and he also had a way of tolerating those who betrayed him," Akinfolarin said.



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