Fashola bows out


Father of Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State,
Alhaji Ademola Fashola, is dead.
He died in the early hours of Monday at the age of 80.
A statement by the Chief of Staff to the state governor, Mr.
Lanre Babalola, said, “In total submission to the will of
Almighty Allah, we announce the passage of our husband,
father, grandfather and great grandfather, Ibrahim
Ademola Bayo Fashola, which occurred on Monday August
5, 2013, at the age of 80.
“He is survived by his wives, children and grandchildren
and great grand children. He will be buried at Vaults and
Gardens, Ikoyi at 1pm on Tuesday (today).”
It was learnt that Ademola had been battling with an
illness and was flown abroad for medical treatment during
the last year’s doctors strike that paralysed hospitals in
The governor, who was on Umrah in Saudi Arabia, was
expected to cut short his visit and be in the state on
Monday (yesterday).
Ademola worked in Daily Times, where he rose to become
an Advert Manager in the company.
He is survived by eight children.
In its reaction, the state chapter of the People Democratic
Party commiserated with the governor.
In a condolence message by the state Chairman, Tunji
Shelle, the party described the deceased as one, who
related well with others and who did not underrate any
The party said, “No doubt, he died a fulfilled man. We join
sympathisers in consoling the governor. We pray that God
grants the entire Fashola family the fortitude to bear the
Meanwhile, our correspondent, who visited the home of
the deceased on Ladipo Labinjo Street, Surulere, observed
that symapthisers came in droves to condole with the
The elder brother of the deceased, Bolaji Fashola, said he
spoke with the late brother on Sunday without having any
premonition of his death.
He said, “I saw him yesterday (Sunday) and wanted to
discuss with him but he couldn’t say much because he
was breathing heavily. I did not know that he was going to
pass away.
“It was the doctor who broke the news to me today
(Monday) that he had passed on.”
A daughter of the deceased, Ms. Yinka Fashola, said, “If I
begin to talk, you will make me cry, I can’t utter anything
An associate of the late Fashola, Molade Okoya- Thomas,
said he would be remembered for his exemplary humility.
Okoya-Thomas said he and the deceased had been friends
since childhood and had agreed to go to Wimbledon,
London, to watch tennis as it was their usual practice,
before death took him.
Popular music legend, Dr. Victor Olaiya, who was also at
the family house, said he met Fashola during his days at
the Daily Times.
He said, “He was very nice, unassuming, and always
ready to help. Personally, I will miss his jokes and
wonderful smiles.”
A family member, Mrs. Omotunde Akintunde, said, “We
have lost a great man in the family. A father, a trail blazer
who gave Lagos a well trained and groomed son like the
governor of the state. We will miss him”
Adedamola Kasumu, a nephew, said the late Fashola was a
complete man, who had a solution to every problem.
He said, “He was a great father, a good listener and a
spiritual person who was also highly knowledgeable, and
in a situation you had problem and you spoke with him,
out of his words, you would find a solution.”
Two condolence registers were placed at the entrance of
the family house.
Hundreds of people had written memorable moments they
had with him.
Mrs. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, Iyaloja General, wrote, “Daddy,
we love you, but God loves you more. Rest in peace.”
Mrs. Yejide Fashola, wrote, “An accomplished father, you
will be missed. Rest in peace.”
Chief Kareem Daramola, an APC chief, wrote, “Pa Fashola, I
will always miss you.”


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ayobami omec says:

    I dnt knw dat lagos state governon is a muslim. He never go to mosque.

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