Group Captain Salaudeen Latinwo (rtd), an ex-military governor of the former Kwara State, has breathed his last.
Latinwo, a native of Offa, held the office of Kwara State governor from 1983 to 1985.
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Having been among the pioneer elite officer cadets recruited into the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in 1963, Latinwo’s journey was one of distinction.
Governor Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State conveyed his condolences on Saturday, expressing sympathy to the people of the state, especially the Offa community, following the demise of Latinwo.
In a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, AbdulRazaq lamented Latinwo’s passing, considering it a sorrowful event that created a significant void among the eminent statesmen, whose reservoir of wisdom and experience is beyond measure.
The Government House’s statement read, “On behalf of the AbdulRazaqs, the government, and the people of Kwara State, the governor extends his deepest sympathies to the family of the late military administrator, the Offa community, and the military establishment in light of this development.”
“The governor implores Allaah to grant the former leader’s soul eternal rest in Al-jannah and to provide solace to his family and the community he left behind,” the statement concluded.
Equally, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, conveyed his condolences, characterizing Latinwo’s passing as a significant loss to the state and the entirety of Nigeria.
According to a statement released by his spokesperson, Abdulaziz Arowona, Sulu-Gambari depicted Latinwo as an honorable Air Force officer who administered Kwara State with dedication.
Furthermore, the Emir hailed the departed as a champion of the campaign against indiscipline and corruption, a prominent aspect of the Buhari/Idiagbon-led military administration in the nation.