Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed sadness over the death of the former military administrator of Lagos Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd).
Kanu, a retired naval officer and former military governor of Imo State between 1976 and 1977, died at a hospital in Lagos on Wednesday morning at the age of 77 after a brief illness.
He was also chairman of the defunct National Democratic Coalition (NADECO).
Mr Sanwo-Olu, in a condolence message signed by his chief press secretary Gboyega Akosile, described the late Kanu as a complete gentleman and officer, saying the former military administrator contributed immensely to the development of Lagos State during his short tenure of office.
The governor praised the late Kanu’s contribution to the country’s democracy, especially his fight, alongside the progressive elements in the country during the dark days of the military junta for the enthronement of constitutional democracy in Nigeria.
He said: “The death of Rear Admiral Kanu is a colossal loss to the country. He made lots of positive impact and contribution during his lifetime to the growth and development of Lagos State and Nigeria. He fought, along with several other patriots tirelessly for a united Nigeria during his days in the Nigerian Navy as well as a member of pro-democracy group after he retired from service.
“He wrote his name in gold as a tireless fighter and an advocate of democratic government. He played a leading role as chieftain of NADECO in the agitation for the actualisation of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election and return of civilian government in May 29, 1999.”