By Segun Ajose
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has joined other eminent Nigerians to mourn the death of Chairman of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) and former Military Administrator of the state, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd) who died on Wednesday.
Kanu who retired from the Nigerian Navy was also a former military governor of Imo State between 1976 and 1977.
He reportedly died at a Lagos hospital at the age of 77 years after a brief yet undisclosed illness.
In a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, on Wednesday, the governor described late Kanu as a complete gentleman who contributed immensely to the development of the state during his short tenure of office.
Sanwoolu particularly lauded him for contributing to the country’s return to democratic rule alongside those he referred to as progressive elements during the dark days of the military junta adding that the nation would miss his vast experience and knowledge in statecraft.
“As one of Nigeria’s advocates of good governance, restructuring and true federalism, the late Ndubusi Kanu will be sorely missed by the people.
“The death of Rear Admiral Kanu is a colossal loss to the country. He made lots of positive impact and contribution during his lifetime to the growth and development of Lagos State and Nigeria. He fought, along with several other patriots tirelessly for a united Nigeria during his days in the Nigerian Navy as well as a member of a pro-democracy group after he retired from service.
“He wrote his name in gold as a tireless fighter and an advocate of democratic government. He played a leading role as chieftain of NADECO in the agitation for the actualisation of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election and return of civilian government in May 29, 1999.”