By Monsuru Olowoopejo
FORMER Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has described late Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE, leader, Chief Idowu Sofola, as a core nationalist who believed in unity, peace, justice and equity for all in Nigeria.
Mourning the elder statesman, Daniel stressed that his death is a great loss to Nigeria considering his patriotic zeal and tenacious passion for entrenchment of democracy in the country.
The former governor, in a statement by his Media officer, Ayo Giwa, said the news of Sofola’s death was a rude shock to him.
“His immense contributions as YCE leader and passion for a united Nigeria made him a worthy elder statesman and national icon.
“The last time I met him, he was his vivacious self and he talked a lot about the way forward through restructuring and true federalism. It is a great pity that Papa left us at this crucial moment in the history of the country when his advice and experience are needed most. No doubt. We shall miss his wise counsel, candid opinion on issues, vision and progressive philosophy,” he added.