Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa has described his predecessor, Rotimi Akeredolu as a fearless hero who fought for the rights of the masses and supremacy of the law.

This formed part of Aiyedatiwa’s remarks during the lying-in state and commendation service which took place at the Akure Township Stadium.

Aiyedatiwa also reminded the public that Akeredolu, who died on December 27, 2023, took great personal risks in pushing for the establishment of the South West Security network codenamed Amotekun.

“He, without fear, made an unusual sacrifice that many considered a suicide mission. He raised his voice high to the roof to speak truth to power.

“He condemned inequality, complacency, divisiveness and double standards. He asked for the supremacy of the rule of law. He asked for fairness, love and true nationalism.

“He faced the troubling issues of the times with the candour of a statesman. He not only condemned indolence of thought, he proffered solutions that guaranteed peace.

“He did not only talk, he walked his talk.

“He advocated for new thinking, new action and a new direction.

“He took these risks against bigger powers whose might is determinate and final. He took a great risk at the peak of his re-election attempt.

“How can we forget his clear posture and position on the very constitutional matter of true federalism,” he said

The burial rites are being attended by Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his Bayelsa State counterpart, Duoye Diri.

Akeredolu would be buried on Friday in Owo, his home town.

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