Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Tuesday said that the late Senator Sikiru Bayo Osinowo, who represented Lagos East at the National Assembly lived an exemplary life.
Sanwo-Olu said this during a Special Parliamentary Session held in honour of Osinowo at the Lagos State House of Assembly.
The Governor who noted that Osinowo meant different things to different people, added that the State Executive Council held special session for the late Senator on Monday because of his level of contributions to the development of the state and that they prayed for God to grant him eternal rest.
“How do we want to be remembered, when we are gone. If we missed him, we must learn something from him. Let us know that our time will come and what will people say about us.
“On behalf of the people and government of Lagos State, I thank the House of Assembly for the session. I thank you and I want us to know that our time on earth is limited,” he said,” Governor Sanwo-Olu said.
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While eulogising the late lawmaker, Speaker Mudashiru Obasa said that no one wanted to die, including those who wanted to go to heaven.
He stressed that the late Osinowo was a major general in the corridor of Nigerian politics.
“We are gathered here to honour Senator Bayo Osinowo, a power broker who assisted many politicians to realise their dreams. I met him before we got to the state house of Assembly, when we were strategising about who would be the Speaker of the 5th Lagos Assembly.
“Osinowo was an astute and grassroots politician and a super benefactor to many.
“My emergence as Speaker of the 8th Assembly was through him and he contributed to the success of our elections in the South West.
“He fought to liberate Nigeria from military dictators. He was a parliamentarian par excellence and he was a great democrat,” he said.
The Speaker described Osinowo as a friend, a colleague, and a teacher adding that the late Senator was ebullient, lively and full of humour.
“He was a political leader with charisma. He was in tune with everybody. His death has created a vacuum that would be difficult to fill and he would be greatly missed by everybody.
“I am sure that Senator Sikiru Osinowo never knew he would be departing so soon, when he gave a speech about death on the floor of the Senate. While I pray that Almighty Allah grant him eternal rest, I urge all of us to learn from his death,” he said.