👤 Abdul Tukur, DENISAURUS News
The Chief Security officer of a leading chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos, has died from Coronavirus.
Lateef Raheem, 51, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, who suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure was said to have died due to the contagious disease, on Friday after falling ill on Monday.
The news, which comes exactly a week after the death of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, has been confirmed by his boss, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
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A statement released by the APC chieftain said: “Lateef was a person of strong and resilient character. He never sought special treatment or favor despite his years of loyal and excellent service to me. He never took his work or his valued position as my aide for granted. He knew I relied on him and trusted him explicitly.
“Lateef never tried to take selfish advantage of his important position. He was forthright and honest to a fault. He was completely focused on his job and did it to the best of his ability. He did everything with care and devotion.
“I met Lateef in early 1999 when he was seconded to me by the police during the campaign for the governorship election in Lagos. He stood faithfully beside me during the rigours of the primaries and campaign
“He helped me weather the storm. I quickly understood that he was an exceptional person and officer whom I wanted to be with him throughout the rest of my political journey.
“When he joined me, Lateef was a Corporal with school certificate. Because of his thirst for knowledge and personal improvement, he subsequently acquired a university degree. He did not stop there. He kept growing. When he passed, Lateef had risen to the level of Assistant Superintendent of Police. To say I will miss Lateef is to understate my feeling for him and what our relationship had matured into. Someone may have to fill his position but they can never truly take his place for Lateef was one-of-a-kind.”
Aswiaju Tinubu, a former two term Governor of Lagos state, who has now taken a test with other members of his family, expressed deep condolence over the death of the deceased.
“My deepest condolences are with his wives and children. With his passing, they have lost a caring husband and father.”
He said: “Lateef dedicated his life to a cause, our progressive cause. He believed Nigeria could become better and that government had a vital role to play in enhancing security and prosperity so that the lives of the people might improve. He was a true patriot. We must continue to push to make the progressive dream we shared become our reality.
“May Almighty Allah comfort them, indeed, comfort all of us at this moment. May Almighty Allah give us strength and guidance that we may live lives of dedication to the public good and compassion for our fellow man. May He grant the soul of Lateef eternal rest and admit him into Aljanna Firdaus.”