As the Lagos State Deputy Governor-Elect, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, describes his father, Oba Mufutau Olatunji Hamzat, who was the Olu of Afowora Sogade, Ogun State, as a great man who committed his life to the service of the people, facts have emerged about his contributions to the development of Lagos.
The traditional ruler passed on on Sunday.
Hamzat, who spoke immediately after the news of his father death was confirmed, noted that the late traditional ruler served the people of Lagos State meritoriously as a frontline politician in the progressive camp as an elected member of the State House of Assembly in 1979 under the Unity Party of Nigeria and as a Commissioner.
The late Oba Hamzat, before becoming a King in Ogun State a few years ago, was a frontline politician in Lagos State from the First Republic where he was a leading member of the Action Group and the Unity Party of Nigeria in the Second Republic.
According to a statement by a media aide to the deputy-governor-elect, he was a leader in the progressive camp in Lagos with the return of democratic governance in 1999 as a member of the Alliance for Democracy and the All Progressives Congress.
Speaking on the demise of his father, the Deputy Governor-Elect, Dr. Hamzat said that his father was a devoted family man, a statesman, a committed man of faith who mentored generation of people in different fields of human endeavours until his death.
“I thank God for a life well spent by my father. He was a great man who brought up his children with the time honoured values of hard work, integrity and commitment to service. He impacted positively on many lives till his death. He played important roles in the politics of Lagos State from the days of Action Group. In the Second Republic he was a chieftain of Unity Party of Nigeria and was at the fore-front of progressive politics in Nigeria and Lagos in particular. He was called upon to be the king of his community in Ogun State much later in his life. He served the community well. His reign brought development and progress. We will miss him and his father figure role.”