The death of the first military governor of Lagos State Brig-Gen. Mobolaji Johnson (retd), has triggered touching eulogy from prominent Nigerians who personally knew him when he was alive.
Family sources confirmed that Johnson died on Wednesday around 4pm.
Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and the former Lagos State Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu are among those who have paid tributes to the late ex-military man who died at the age of 83.
What Buhari said Mobolaji Johnson
President Buhari said Johnson laid a solid foundation for the development of infrastructure in the state and provided a good framework for the civil service.
The message of the president was contained in a message by Special Adviser to the President Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Buhari said Mobolaji Johnson had a distinguished career in the Nigerian Army, starting out as a cadet in 1959 and retiring in 1975.
The president stated that he would be remembered for promoting education and building durable health system in the state.
What ex-President Obasanjo said about Mobolaji Johnson
Former president Obasanjo in a statement by his Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, described him an incorruptible, detribalised and humane public officer, whose death would be sorely missed.
Obasanjo said, “He was highly respected by his peers and revered by his subordinates for his sound knowledge of the Public Service and wealth of experience in the civil service matters.
“He left behind an impeccable record of incorruptible leadership, a legacy of forthrightness, thoroughness and unwavering commitment to the public good.
Obasanjo said the late Mobolaji Johnson played a major in cleansing the public service in 1975 during the administration of Murtala/Obasanjo’s regime.
“He was, indeed, a great man who wrote for himself an enviable page in history with his service to the nation and humanity.
“Particularly of note was the level of steadfastness, patriotism and commitment he displayed during and after the Civil War in the late 60s. He distinguished himself as a patriot and seasoned soldier.
“It was with a personal sense of loss that I received this shocking and sad news of the demise of this beloved and illustrious patriarch and elder statesman, Brig-Gen. Mobolaji Johnson, at the age of 83.”
What Tinubu said about Moboaji Johson
Former Lagos State governor and the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Tinubu described him as a man of high integrity who served Lagos with dedication and determination.
“Johnson embodied the true spirit of Lagos. He served Lagos with dedication and determination. He contributed immensely to the state, developing the civil service. His tenure in Lagos also witnessed the building of major infrastructure in the state.
“He was always available to advise and extend a helping hand to successive regimes in Lagos and particularly to me during my time as governor.
“Johnson made laudable contributions to the unity of the country as one of those who fought for Nigeria’s indivisibility. A committed nationalist, he laid the foundation for the development of the Federal Capital Territory as the first administrator of the former Federal Territory of Lagos in 1966.
“We thank God Brigadier Johnson lived to advanced age and left behind good children and significant legacies. May his soul rest in peace,” he said in a lengthy tribute to the ex-military governor.
Others who have paid tribute include the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, Senate President Lawan among others.
Agbaje described him a unique administrator “with a catalogue of enduring structures and legacies during his tenure as the military governor of a place that served the twin capacities of a brand new state and the nation’s Federal Capital. Lagos State was blessed to have been nurtured at its inception by such a visionary, selfless and creative mind.”
The family in conjunction with Lagos State government will announce burial arrangement in the coming day.