Sad news reaching our desk encompasses the demise of a popular Lagos politician, Hon. Olufunmi Rafiu Olatunji.
He was the Chairman of Eti-Osa East Local Council Development Area in Lagos before his demise. According to reports gathered by TheNation, he passed away on Monday night after battling with some illness which was not disclosed.
Hon. Rafiu Olatunji will be laid to rest in his home in Sangotedo, Ajah, Lagos following Islamic customs. He was running for re-election on the ruling All Progressives Congress’s platform before his death (APC).
With 1977 votes, he won the APC local government primary election and will be the party’s candidate in the next July 24th election.
Confirming his death, his Media Team on Tuesday morning in a Facebook post said:
“With sorrow in our heart but in total submission to the will of Almighty Allah (S. W. T), we announce the passing, after a long battle with illness, our dear father, brother, friend, confidant, role model, Nation-builder, Hon. Olufunmi Rafiu Olatunji.
“He was until late night of Monday 21st June, 2021 the Executive Chairman of Eti-Osa East Local Council Development Area, Eti-Osa Local Government.
“He will be buried in accordance to Islamic rite by 9 am prompt at his residence in Sangotedo, Ajah, Lagos. We invite you to join us in paying the last respect to our beloved father, brother, friend and Boss.
“We are confident that Almighty Allah will grant him Al Jannah Firdaus.”
In a terse statement, chairman of Lagos Mainland Local Government, Hon. Mrs Omolola Essien expressed sadness over his sudden demise.
She said: “We commiserate with his family, friends, colleagues and staff of Eti-Osa Local Council development Area and pray against such unfortunate deaths in our fold.
“And On behalf of the good people of Lagos Mainland Local Government Areas, I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the Conference 57 Chairmen, his family and pray that The Good Lord grants the people he left behind the fortitude to bear the loss and make paradise his final abode.”