Tunji Hamzat, politician-turned monarch, is dead


Oba Hamzat.

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Lagos influential politician, Leader of progressives’ Justice Forum, who became Olu of Afowowa, Oba Mufutau Olatunji Hamzat, is dead.

He died morning of Sunday 12 May 2019 at 87.

Hamzat was father of Lagos Deputy Governor-elect, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, who in a tweet on Sunday, stated: ”Today, I lost my father Oba Mufutau Olatunji Hamzat, Olu of Afowowa. I thank Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful for the life he lived.

“One of the greatest gifts a father can give his children is courage & belief in their dreams. Thank you Father for believing in ours,” the tweet said.

Obafemi Hamzat ran with Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu in the Lagos governorship race which they won under the banner of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

They are due to be sworn in on 29 May.

Governor-elect, Sanwo-Olu commiserated with his deputy in a tweet on the passing away of the octogenarian: ”I commiserate with the family of my friend @drobafemihamzat on the calling to glory of his father, Oba Mufutau Olatunji Hamzat, Olu of Afowowa.

“We are thankful for his life. He was an elder statesman who dedicated his life to the development of Lagos. We will miss his counsel.”

According to a family source, janazah (funeral) rites of the late king will take place at his Yayah Abatan, Ogba, Lagos home on Monday 13 May 2019 while interment procession will follow, at 11am.

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