Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has described Bisi Akande as a practical demonstration of patriotism and dedication to public service.

Adeleke’s description is contained in a congratulatory message on the occasion of Akande’s 84th birthday.

Bisi Akande was the second Executive Governor of Osun State, serving from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2003.

In a personally signed message, Adeleke praised the elderly statesman, noting that the birthday was a time to thank him for his contributions to the social and economic development of Osun State.

He praised Akande for his legacy of unbittered politics that he upheld, adding that the aging statesman remains one of the few politicians in the country who inspired the youth to an absolute commitment to service.

“Today I celebrate a prominent politician, Chief Bisi Kareem Akande, who is celebrating his 84th birthday on earth. Baba Akande, as he is affectionately called in political circles, is an admirable figure, and his disposition towards young people, especially in the quality of the advice, is a treasure that is difficult to wish for,” the governor said in his congratulatory note.

“As it marks a new era, I convey the heartfelt wishes of the good people of Osun State and thank you for your contributions to the state as a governor and as a politician who made a world of difference.”

Meanwhile, Osun State House of Assembly Speaker Timothy Owoeye described Bisi Akande, former Governor of Osun and former Acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as an exemplary leader whose courage in public service has helped Nigeria.

In a statement signed by his spokesman, Kunle Alabi, Owoeye said Akande’s tenure as governor in the state was remarkable, with his selfless service to the people and transparency in government.

Owoeye said that the political history of Nigeria would be incomplete without proper mention of the eminent roles played by Akande.

The Speaker, as he prayed for a longer life for the aging statesman, said his experience is still much needed for the task of building a manly Nigeria envisioned by the founding fathers.