Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has described the death of the foremost Ibadan businessman and philanthropist, Chief Bode Akindele, as a great loss to Oyo State in particular and Nigeria in general.
The late Akindele, the Parakoyi of Ibadanland and chairman of Modandola Group, reportedly passed on in Lagos, on Monday.
Governor Makinde, who described the deceased as a worthy elder statesman and one with a genuine interest in the welfare of others, said the late businessman would be sorely missed.
Makinde, in a statement made available to journalists by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, said the late Akindele “contributed in no small measure to the growth of the state and his community.”
The statement commiserated with the family of the deceased, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, and the people of Oyo State, praying that the good Lord should grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.
The statement read in parts, “The news of the death of our revered elder statesman, Chief Bode Akindele, the Parakoyi of Ibadanland and chairman, Modandola Group, came to us as a shock.
“Baba Akindele was one of the worthy elder statesmen in the state and he lived a life worthy of emulation. As an elder, he was always after the progress and wellbeing of the state and its people.
“I remember that only a few months ago when the state put out calls for support towards the Oyo State COVID-19 Endowment Fund, Baba Akindele was one of the elders who responded by donating N25 million to the state.
“It is sad that we lost such a noble elder and philanthropist at such a moment as this. I pray to God to grant his entire family and the state the fortitude to bear this loss.”