Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Mourns Death of Business Tycoon, Diplomat, Fernandez

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode Mourns Death of Business Tycoon, Diplomat, Fernandez

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday expressed sadness over the death of one of Nigeria’s prominent business mogul and diplomat, Chief Antonio Oladeinde Fernandez.

He passed on at the age of 79 on Tuesday in Brussels, Belgium, following an undisclosed illness.

Governor Ambode in a condolence message signed by his Chef Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, described the deceased as a bureaucrat and experienced diplomat who gave his all to the service of the African continent during his life time.

The Governor also paid glowing tribute to the business tycoon, whom he said offered himself for service to ensure the unity of the nation adding that he would remain a true hero of the country.

He said the leadership role of the late Chief Fernandez who saw himself foremost as an African serving as representative for Mozambique, as well as the Central African Republic at the United Nations, should be an inspiration to all.

“Among other virtues, Chief Fernandez dedicated himself to the service of the African nation and will be remembered for his contribution to promote peace, harmony and above all equity. He has surely left his footprints on the sands of time”, he said.

The Governor added that it was quite remarkable that the late Fernandez had the privilege of being among the few diplomats that played a prominent role in promoting peace in Africa and had taken ambassadorial positions in many African countries.

“I wish to convey my deepest condolences to the family of the deceased, the good people of Lagos state and Nigerians on this painful loss”, Governor Ambode said.

He also prayed that Almighty God grant the soul of the departed peaceful repose and for the family, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Ambode Mourns Death of Epe Monarch’s Son, Others

Ambode Mourns Death of Epe Monarch’s Son, Others

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Lagos state, Akinwupnmi Ambode has expressed his devastation at the death of Olu of Epe’s son, Kunle Adewale, and five others in a boat mishap today while returning from their polling unit in a riverine area of Epe. Until his death, Kunle was a Director in the Lagos State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

The monarch’s son, a local government chairmanship aspirant, Mr. Muiz Bello and four others had gone to cast their votes for the All Progressives Congress when their boat capsized on their way back.

“It is a really sad day for the entire Epe town. I am devastated by this loss of Kunle. I saw Kunle this morning, so this is a real shock to me. On behalf of my family, my campaign team and myself, I commiserate with His Royal Majesty, Olu of Epe, Oba Shefiu Adewale, the family of Muiz Bello, the Mogaji family and the other families who have lost loved ones in this unfortunate occurrence. I pray God grants them the strength to bear this loss and that souls of our loved to rest in peace.

Ambode also expressed utter dissatisfaction at the news of electoral violence that has led to deaths across the country. There have been reports of two INEC officials and some voters killed in Gombe; scores of APC members and a Soldier shot and killed in Rivers state as well as incidents of violence in Borno and Yobe states.

“These reports of killings are really disturbing and completely unacceptable”. Ambode extended his condolences to the families stating that they are “heroes who died for the cause of rescuing the Nation”.