Demola Seriki’s death shocking – Sanwo-Olu

Ambassador Ademola Seriki

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed sadness over the death of Nigerian ambassador to Spain Demola Seriki, describing it as painful, shocking and a big loss to Lagos and Nigeria.

In a statement by his chief press secretary Gboyega Akosile on Thursday, Mr Sanwo-Olu said Seriki’s death came at a time when his wealth of experience was mostly needed in the country.

He described the late Seriki as a businessman, politician, and public administrator, whose contributions remain indelible in the hearts of residents of Lagos State and Nigerian citizens as a whole.

Seriki, a former minister of state for defence and minister of state for interior, died surrounded by his family in Madrid, Spain on Thursday. He was 63.

He was also a former supervising minister for mines and steel development between October and December 2008 and minister of state for agriculture and water resources from 2007 to 2008.

Sanwo-Olu also sympathised with President Muhammadu Buhari, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, diplomats, and Nigerians in the diaspora over the demise of the ambassador.

The governor added that the deceased’s contribution to the growth and development of the country during his tenure as minister in different capacities and now Nigerian ambassador to Spain will continue to be a reference point in the nation’s developmental trajectory.

He said: “On behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, I want to express my sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends, and political associates of the late Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Chief Demola Seriki.

“The death of Chief Demola is a big loss to Lagos State and Nigeria, especially the diplomatic community. He made a lot of positive impact and contributions during his lifetime to the growth and development of Nigeria as a notable politician, minister and ambassador. He particularly made significant impact in Lagos politics as a member of the ruling party.

“I pray that God will grant him eternal rest and give the immediate family, friends, political associates, and the people of Lagos Island, our dear State, and the country the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”