President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned a former Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Gbenga Aluko, who died in Abuja on Saturday.
In a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, President Buhari condoled with National Assembly, Ekiti State Govt over passing of Sen Gbenga Aluko. He urged family, friends and political associates of the deceased to find solace in God, and the antecedents of the former lawmaker.
The President commiserated with members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, 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.
Also, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, described Aluko’s death as shocking and devastating.
In a condolence message signed by Yinka Oyebode, Chief Press Secretary, Fayemi described Aluko’s death as a colossal loss to Ekiti State and the nation.
“I have lost a dear brother and friend. Senator Gbenga Aluko invested his time, resources and energy in 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,” he said, adding “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. He shall be sorely missed.”
Fayemi said Aluko was not only a brother and friend, but also a patriotic Ekiti indigene whose contributions to the development of the State could not be overstated.
He 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.