A former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has described a former Military administrator of the State, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Godwin Kanu, as a rare breed for his singular consistency and unwavering commitment to social justice, democracy and federalism in Nigeria.
Retired Rear Admiral Kanu who is said to love this country and its many people died on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, in Lagos State, at the age of 77.
Asiwaju Tinubu, a close colleague of the late Rear Admiral in NADECO and a personal friend, paid tribute to the great patriot in a statement issued by his Media Office.
He said: “I’m deeply saddened by the passing of former Military administrator of Lagos and Imo States, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu. He was my brother and a very courageous partner in the struggle for democracy and enthronement of true federalism in Nigeria.
Asiwaju Tinubu said in everything he did, from his work as former administrator of Lagos State to the sacrifices he made to help NADECO during the struggle for the actualization of June 12, Real Admiral Kanu was highly principled; adding that he provided democratic vision and meaningful ideas to advance that historic struggle.
The former Governor noted that: “After his retirement, he freely gave of himself to bring progress to Lagos State by lending creative ideas as well as the fruits of his ample experience to successive administrations in Lagos including mine from 1999 to 2007. With his immense experience and gentle mien, the admiral offered intelligence and meaningful advice which always proved helpful in solving problems at critical times.
“My deepest condolences now go to his family, particularly his wife and children, and all those who loved and respected this extraordinary Lagosian and Nigerian.
The former Governor extended his sympathies to Governors Babajide Sanwo-olu and Hope Uzodinma of Lagos and Imo States, the Governments and people of the two States which Rear Admiral Kanu served with such distinction and dedication; prayed that God strengthen and comfort everyone to bear this loss.