President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned a former Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Gbenga Aluko, who died in Abuja over the weekend at the age of 58.

President Buhari, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled ‘President Buhari condoles with National Assembly, Ekiti State Government over the passing of Sen Gbenga Aluko,’ urging family, friends and political associates of the deceased to find solace in God and the antecedents of the former federal lawmaker.

According to Adesina, the President commiserated with members of All Progressives Congress, people and government of Ekiti State, on the loss of the political leader, who served his state and the nation, and was dutifully committed to improving the lot of his community.

He prayed for the repose of his soul and comfort for the family

Similarly, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has described the death of former Senator from Ekiti South Senatorial District, Gbenga Aluko as ” shocking and devastating”.

The Ode-Ekiti-born politician and businessman died on Saturday in Abuja.

Dr Fayemi in a condolence message by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, described Aluko’s death as a colossal loss to Ekiti State and the nation.

“I have lost a dear brother and friend”, the Governor said, adding that Senator Aluko’s death was not only a loss to the state but a personal loss to him, having had close and cordial relationship with the deceased spanning four decades.

The Governor said the late Gbenga Aluko was not only a brother and friend but also a patriotic Ekiti indigene whose contributions to the development of the State cannot be overstated.

Governor Fayemi described the former governorship aspirant as a successful private sector player, refined gentleman and a decent politician who made great impact in almost every aspect of life.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) recalled how the deceased influenced the establishment of a Chest Clinic at the Oba Adejugbe General Hospital in Ado Ekiti, a project which he described as being of great benefit to the State’s health sector.

He also noted that the deceased served selflessly in the Ekiti State Covid- 19 Response Committee.

The Governor who noted the deceased’s brilliance and generosity of spirit, said the late Aluko served his fatherland diligently and made Ekiti proud through numerous achievements.

“Senator Gbenga Aluko invested his time, resources and energy on many laudable initiatives that impacted positively on the lives of the people and was always ready to support any worthy Ekiti cause with his wealth of experience and extensive national and global contacts”.

“For us in Ekiti, this is a huge loss. And it is a personal loss to me. We, however, cannot question God but we are consoled by the fact that he lived a decent life of service and made great impact in the lives of the people and he shall be sorely missed.

“On behalf of my wife, Erelu Bisi, the Government and good people of Ekiti State, I Dr Kayode Fayemi commiserate with the Aluko family and pray God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss”.

He recalled that the late Senator Aluko, one of the children of the renowned Economist, late Professor Sam Aluko, carved an identity for himself as a successful corporate player who got elected onto the Senate of the Federal Republic in 1999 at the age of 36 years.



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