Thursday, 27 April 2017

Ex-Minister Borishade dies at 71

Former Education Minister Prof. Babalola Borisade is dead. The Ekiti State-born educationist died in London. He was 71.

A statement by the family in Usi-Ekiti, Ido/Osi Local Government Area, Olamide Borishade, said the late Borishade passed on after a brief illness.

Borishade, a four time Minister was born in Usi-Ekiti on March 7, 1946, into the Ebi Ilotin family. He was an electrical engineer, a university teacher, an administrator and a politician.

Borisade, popularly known as “Boris” in the political circles, was the Baba Isale of the Cathedral Church of St. Andrews, Usi-Ekiti, the seat of the Diocese of Ekiti Oke, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).

The late minister was rushed to a private hospital in Lagos last week from where he was flown to London for further treatment.

Borisade, who served under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, held the portfolios of Aviation, Culture, Tourism and National Orientation.

He was among the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) shortly before the 2015 general elections. Governor Ayodele Fayose described Borishade’s death as a great loss to the political class, the people of Ekiti State and the country in general.

In a statement in Ado-Ekiti by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the governor described Borishade as a consistent politician who stood for what he believed in.

The statement reads: “The death of Dr Babalola Borishade was not only sudden, but a rude shock. Our state and indeed our nation still expected a lot from him given his experience and wide network in the political circle. He served the nation in a number of capacities and was not found wanting.

“We will miss him and the vacuum his demise has created would be difficult to fill. The government and people of Ekiti State commiserate with his family and the monarch and people of Usi-Ekiti, his hometown.

“His place in the history of Ekiti and Nigeria is guaranteed and his invaluable contributions very much appreciated.”

The local wing of the APC in Ekiti State yesterday mourned Borishade, saying the Fountain of Knowledge has lost an illustrious son.

It’s Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, described Borisade as “a great man who touched many lives with the privileged positions he occupied in his lifetime.”

Olatunbosun said: “He died in the United Kingdom. He was flown there sometimes last week. What I can say is that he was a great man who offered himself for national service.

“He made contributions to democratic and national development. He was highly cerebral and an unassuming personality. He touched many lives with the privileged positions he occupied.

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