‘I Lost More Than A Governor’ — Youth Minister Pays Tribute To Akeredolu

The Minister of State for Youth Development, Hon. Ayodele Olawande has paid tribute to Arakunrin Romiti Akeredolu who was until his death the governor of Ondo State.

In a moving tribute, the Minister described the late governor as a father figure, describing his death as a personal loss.

Read full tribute below:

I Lost More Than A Governor

A couple of hours ago, the bell tolled for a father figure, an adviser, a counselor, and guardian, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN).

Arakunrin was much more than the governor of my state. He was in the class of people who are very dear to me. He cared for me so deeply and took a special and unexplainable liking towards me. Even in the most challenging and difficult period, Arakunrin always expressed his concerns over my personal wellbeing, often wrapping such in jokes about me getting married. It is such a regret now that I would not have a chance to do that which he had often spoken about in his presence.

I have always held the belief that none of us stands alone in this world, and that the death of any of us affects all of us. Indeed, this is one death that affects me so significantly, especially considering the strength and courage I draw from the exemplary life of Arakunrin. This is why even in death, his legacy of principled politics and fight for justice, which he pursued through his practice of the law, and his commitment to defending the truth would remain a guiding compass throughout my public service life.

Today, we do not mourn Arakunrin; instead, we celebrate his life of achievement and impact. We celebrate the rich life of a man who showed us, through the force of his character, that fair and transparent success is possible. His life achievements, as Ondo State Attorney General, as president of the Nigerian Bar Association, and governor of Ondo state, were glaring testimonies to his well-charted life.

During this period, I stand in prayers with Mummy, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, and my dear brother and friend, Babajide Akeredolu. I pray God accepts Daddy’s return, repose his beautiful soul, and watches over his legacy.

Ayodele Olawande
Minister of State for Youth Development

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