By Henry Umoru
ABUJA – FORMER Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Sunday, said that with the death of former governor of Oyo State, Chief Lam Adesina, Nigeria as a country has been robbed of a vibrant voice of democracy.
Atiku, who described Adesina as a reliable friend of the people, praised his virtues of selflessness to public service.
In a statement, the former Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP noted that despite his age, the late Governor on the platform of defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD) was actively engaged in the struggle to protect our democracy from dictatorship.
According to him, ‘’Driven by a remarkable courage of conviction, Adesina was never hesitant to speak the truth to power, despite the potential dangers of official intimidation and harassment.
The former Vice President also said that Adesina belonged to a rare generation of politicians who perceived democracy as a call to selfless service, rather than an opportunity to enrich themselves.
He said that the best tribute Adesina’s admirers could pay to him was to practise his virtues of service with integrity, just as he prayed to God to grant the family of the deceased the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
He also condoled the Government and the people of Oyo State over Adesina’s death.