Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has said the late Ibadan-born business mogul who also served as a Director of one of Nigerian Dailies, Dr Lekan Are, ran a good race in life and left indelible footprints on the sands of time.
Governor Makinde, who paid a visit to the Ring Road home of the Ares, on Sunday, January 19, 2020, said his Government would make his burial a celebration of life; promising to deploy the Commissioner for Special Duties, Chief Bayo Lawal to liaise with the family to firm up the burial plans.
While addressing family members, Governor Makinde told the widow, Mrs Olabisi Are, that anyone who is of late Dr Lekan Are’s age already collected a visa to the other side.
He further said: “Dr Are contributed immensely to the economy of Oyo State through education, hospitality and Journalism. We will make his burial a celebration of life.”
The Governor wrote in the condolence register: “Papa, you came, you saw and you conquered in the field of humanities, education, journalism and hospitality businesses. “You were a benchmark for generations yet to come. You will be sorely missed. Goodnight Papa.”
While speaking to Newsmen at the premises of the late businessman, the State Governor said: “We want to thank God for Papa’s life. He lived a fulfilled life and it’s for us to actually celebrate him.”