Former deputy governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Rafiu Jafojo has passed on.
Jafojo, served under Alhaji Lateef Jakande on the return of the country to civil rule in 1979 to 1983, died in his residence on Saturday aged 80, and was buried yesterday by 2pm according to Islamic burial rites.
Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode expressed sadness over his death, describing it as a great loss to the state.
In a statement, Ambode stated that Jafojo’s contributions to the development of Lagos State would not be forgotten.
“Alhaji Jafojo was part and parcel of an administration during the Second Republic that has been widely applauded across Nigeria for achieving several milestones, which are still being made reference to.
“He was an astute politician who was very loyal to the development of the state. Together with Alhaji Lateef Jakande, they formed a strong partnership and set the template for this development,” he said.
He further said, “Jafojo, in spite of his age, continued to contribute his quota to the development of the state.
“On behalf of the government and good people of Lagos State, I want to express our heartfelt condolence to the family of Alhaji Jafojo on this great and irreparable loss.
“He surely paid his dues and Lagosians will always remember him. The state government under my administration will continue to ensure that the ideals he propagated while alive will continue to be upheld and improved upon.”
Also, the deputy speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Obasa in a statement by his chief press secretary, Musbau Rasak, described the deceased as one of the founding fathers of modern Lagos.
“Papa died when his wealth of experience, wisdom and elderly advice are most needed at this crucial period the country is navigating towards a progressive change from previous mal-administration that has crippled the nation in the last 16 years. But who are we to query Almighty Allah? It is His wish that Papa should leave at this time, thus we are mere mortals who cannot query His decision,” Obasa said.
The speaker therefore condoled with the state government on the loss of an elder statesman and founding father of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on the death of a great and loyal party man; and the Jafojo family on the demise of their patriarch.
“I pray that Almighty Allah will grant him eternal rest and give the state, the party and the family in particular the fortitude to bear the huge loss. His was a life well spent as he contributed his all to the development and growth of the society he found himself, we should and will take solace in that.”

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