Family immortalises Ladoke Akintola with statue in Ogbomosho

Segun Showunmi in Ibadan

The family of the former Premier of defunct Western Nigeria, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola has immortalized the deceased, with the unveiling statue of the late nationalist erected at Takie junction, Ogbomosho, his home town.

Penpushing reports that this, was part of activities for this year’s Samuel Ladoke Akintola Memorial Lecture titled: “That the efforts of our hero past shall not be in vain”, which was designed to remember the late sage who contributed immensely to Nigerian politics and development of the nation when alive.

The  frontline Nigerian politician, lawyer, aristocrat and orator was born in Ogbomosho on July 6, 1910 and died on January 15, 1966, and  was one of the founding fathers of modern Nigeria, in his lifetime, and was elevated to the position of Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland in recognition of his political contribution to the emancipation of his people.

Penpushing further reports grandson of the late nationalist, Akinwunmi Akintola while speaking with journalists at the event noted that his grandfather sacrificed his life for Western Region and Nigeria as a whole, urging government at all levels not to be selfish but always think about the people.

“People needs good government, Nigeria is bless with everything but it turned to waste because we have leadership that didn’t know how make use of them”, Akintola emphasised.

Penpushing also reports that the guest lecturer at the event, Rotimi Animasahun in his lecture, said the late Akintola and other nationalists really suffered for Nigeria particularly fight for independent.

“They pull resources together to ensure the independent, and their motive was for better Nigeria, but unfortunately, many of them died prematurely. Many politicians today we’re opportunist that was why they are siphoning what our hero has laboured for and this makes corruption to be everywhere”.

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