Sanwo-Olu, Tinubu, others honour Johnson

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•Onikan stadium named after late military administrator

LAGOS State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday named the newly renovated Onikan Stadium after the state’s first military administrator, Sir Mobolaji Johnson.

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The stadium is now Mobolaji Olufunsho Johnson Stadium.

In his tribute, the governor said Lagos would miss the late Johnson’s wise counsel.

“Our illustrious and now departed son of Lagos was a constant source of support and inspiration to successive governors of Lagos State, especially from 1999 till date. He was always willing to offer his wise counsel and experience whenever the need arose. Even while it was obvious that his health could not really rigorous endeavours, Gen. Johnson was a regular feature at every major Lagos State Government groundbreaking events. Such was his unbelievable and unswerving commitment to the cause of Lagos State. How then are we not going to miss him sorely?”

Speaking at the Day of Honour for the late military administrator at the Onikan Stadium, Sanwo-Olu described the late Johnson as a symbol of decency, humility and integrity, fairness and justice, who touched and transformed thousands of lives through his foresight, service and industry.

“In the realisation that Lagos State is the most populous and leading state in the federation, Mobolaji Johnson was determined to turn the state into the pride of the nation. The policy thrust of his administration was shaped by his faith in the creative capabilities and boundless energies of the people, especially the masses. Thus, his early days in office clearly showed him as a man who brought resourcefulness, experience and dynamism to the task of solving some of the teething problems of our dear state.

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“He set Lagos on a course and a race of an unending quest for improvement, innovation and development”, Sanwo-Olu said.

At the event were House Representative Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila; former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu, former Ogun State Governor Olusegun Osoba; wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; former Lagos State Deputy Governor Sarah Sosan; Senator Ganiu Solomon; Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe; Lagos State Head of Service Hakeem Muri-Okunola; top military officers, white cap chiefs and traditional rulers.

Tinubu described the late Johnson as a servant leader and man of incorruptible character, who never used the corridor of power to amass personal wealth.

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