Lam Adesina’s death: ACN says Nigeria has lost an irrepressible voice of conscience

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The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has described the death of Alhaji Lam Adesina, former Governor of Oyo State, as a devastating blow to the party in particular and a big loss to the nation in general.
In a statement issued in Ibadan on Sunday by its National Publicity  Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said with the demise of the  former Governor, Nigeria has lost an irrepressible voice of conscience.
”Lam Adesina has remained a constant fixture in the nation’s body polity for over three decades, either as a newspaper columnist, member of the  House of Representatives, social and political critic, prisoner of  conscience, state governor, or an elder statesman.
”Though deceptively meek, he was a political lion who was  ferociously effective. A perfect validation of the saying that all  politics is local, Lam Adesina never lost control or confidence of his  people. Even during the locust years when the PDP captured the body of  Oyo State politics, the soul of the people remained with the former Governor,” it said.
ACN said it was remarkable that even after he was rigged out of the state’s governorship, he remained in his Molete residence in Ibadan, right in  the midst of his people, instead of migrating to the GRA or other  elitist areas of the city as many in his class would have done.
”From that modest abode, he influenced political discourse and direction in Nigeria. There is no better attestation to this than the fact that he never lost touch with the ordinary people  during his rich and purposeful lifetime,” the party said.
ACN prayed that God will grant repose to the soul of the departed, and give his family the strength to bear their irreplaceable loss.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed
National Publicity Secretary Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)
Ibadan, Nov. 11th 2012

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