The death has been announced of the chairman of Eti Osa local government, Rafiu Olatunji, who died Monday night at his Sangotedo residence as he could not survive a long-term illness.
His Media Team Tuesday morning broke the unfortunate news in a Facebook post that: “With sorrow in our heart but in total submission to the will of Almighty Allah (S. W. T), we announce the passing, after a long battle with illness, our dear father, brother, friend, confidant, role model, Nation-builder, Hon. Olufunmi Rafiu Olatunji.
“He was until late night of Monday 21st June, 2021 the Executive Chairman of Eti-Osa East Local Council Development Area, Eti-Osa Local Government.
“He will be buried in accordance to Islamic rite by 9 am prompt at his residence in Sangotedo, Ajah, Lagos. We invite you to join us in paying the last respect to our beloved father, brother, friend and Boss. We are confident that Almighty Allah will grant him Al Jannah Firdaus”
Meanwhile, Lagos State chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) through the Publicity Secretary, Seye Oladejo, symphatised with the bereaved family, entire leadership and membership of the party.
“The Lagos State APC commiserates with the entire leadership and membership of our party on the shocking and untimely passage of the chairman of Eti-Osa East LCDA, Rafiu Olufunmi Olatunji.
“He was a committed party man who was totally committed to the development of his Local Council Development Area.
“Our heart goes to his immediate family, the good people of Eti-Osa LCDA and the entire APC family on this colossal loss.
“May Almighty Allah repose his soul, forgive his sins and grant us all the fortitude to bear this loss.”
Conference 57, a body of all the chairmen and chairperson of the local councisl in Lagos, in another condolence message signed by its Public Relations Officer, Olusesan Daini, said: “We received with shock the death of our friend, brother and colleague, Hon. Olufunmi Rafiu Olatunji, who was until his demise yesterday night, the Executive Chairman, Eti-Osa East Local Council Development Area, Lagos State.
“While we are saddened by his death, we take solace in the fact that he lived a fulfilled life and impacted lives in service to his family, people of Eti-Osa East LCDA, Lagos State, Nigeria and humanity at large.
“We commiserate with family, friends and people of Eti-Osa East LCDA and pray Almighty God give you all the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss and grant our lovely departed soul, eternal rest in His Bossom.”
Before his death, Olatunji was seeking re-election on the platform of APC.
He emerged winner in the APC local government primary election to become the party’s candidate in the forthcoming July 24, 2021, Local Governments elections.