By Sam Oluwalana
The former Governor of Central Bank, Olabode Vincent died in Lagos on Monday afternoon at the age of 87, after a brief illness.
Vincent who was the Governor of Central Bank between 1977 and 1982 gave up the ghost at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos, after complaining of a slight back ache.
Dele, the last child of the former Apex bank boss, said his father died around 12:30 pm and that the family would soon announce burial arrangements for the late Lagosian.
Early visitors to the family residence of the Vincent’s include Chief Remi Olowude and his wife. The Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of Industrial and General Insurance (IGI) described the late Economist as “a pillar of life”.
Olowude, in his –in the condolence register, wrote:” May the grace of the almighty God be with you as you rest in his bosom. Our great father, friend, lover of truth, epitome of integrity and role model”
The former Chirman and Chief Executive of Nigeria Breweries Plc, Dr. Felix Ohiwerei described the late banker as the best Nigerian he ever dealt with.
Speaking with National Mirror on his late friend, Ohiwerei said” He was a wonderful man, exemplary in character and one of the best Nigerians I have ever dealt with. He was trustworthy, very meticulous and very ethical. He also fears God. His death is a great loss to the nation”
Vincent was born on May 16, 2012 at his ancestral family residence at Vincent Court, 15, Oke Arin, Dadi Alaja, Lagos Island.
He is survived by his wife Adenike, four children, Jaiye, a pilot, Taiye an Educationist, Kehinde, An Investment Banker with Chemical Bank, New York, USA and a Lagos-based Business Magnate, Dele.