Akure - Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has described Segun Okeowo, the late former President of the National Association of Nigeria Students(NANS) as "a brave, bold and courageous patriot."
Mimiko, in a statement issued on Wednesday in Akure by his Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola, said the deceased and his colleagues stood firm in promoting the interest of students and Nigerians in general under a military regime.
He expressed his government's condolence on the great loss to Okeowo’s family, NANS and Nigerians at large.
According to him, the fact that Okeowo lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation should be inspirational to the present leaders of NANS and comforting to his family members.
"Okeowo was not just mature, he was cultured; he was not just involved, he evolved a class of leadership that had logic, depth and insight as virtues.
"Above all, he was a brave, bold and courageous patriot," Mimiko said.
He urged the current leadership of NANS to learn from the life and death of Okeowo and employ greater logic and sobriety in the pursuit of its goals.
The governor also urged the immediate family members to take solace in the fact that the deceased duly represented himself and his family while alive.
While praying for the repose of Okeowo's soul, Mimiko also prayed God to grant the family the strength to bear the loss.