Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, described the former military administrator of Lagos State, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, as a rare breed for their singular consistency and unwavering commitment to the social justice, democracy and federalism in Nigeria.
Tinubu lamented that Kanu, who “loved this country and its many people so much”, died Wednesday in Lagos State at the age of 77.
He said so in a statement signed by his media aide Tunde Rahman.
Tinubu said: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of the former military administrator of Lagos and Imo states, the real Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu.
“He was my brother and a very courageous partner in the struggle for democracy and the enthronement of true federalism in Nigeria.
In everything he has done, from his work as a former administrator of Lagos State to the sacrifices he made to help NADECO during the fight for the June 12 update, the actual Admiral Kanu was highly principled. He provided a democratic vision and meaningful ideas to move this historic struggle forward.
“He was a patriot and a progressive. A rare breed in their steadfast and unwavering commitment to social justice, democracy and sustainable federalism in Nigeria.
“Admiral Kanu was a Lagosian, a true Nigerian nationalist in the best sense of that expression.
“After his retirement, he gave himself freely to move the Lagos State forward by lending creative ideas and the fruits of his vast experience to successive Lagos administrations, including mine from 1999 to 2007.
“He has demonstrated a sincere belief and interest in the progress and development of the state.
“With his immense experience and kindness, the Admiral offered intelligence and meaningful advice that has always proven to be helpful in solving problems at critical times.
“My deepest condolences now go to his family, especially his wife and children, and to all who loved and respected this extraordinary Lagosian and Nigerian. May God strengthen and comfort them at this time for He alone can help them endure this loss.
“I extend my condolences to Governors Babajide Sanwo-olu and Hope Uzodinma of the States of Lagos and Imo, to the governments and people of the two States that Rear Admiral Kanu has served with such distinction and dedication.
“This exceptional man and patriot is now with God and may his soul now rest in perfect peace.”