On Tuesday, Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos State Governor unveiled the new Chief Obafemi Awolowo Statue which is located along Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos.
The imposing bust located on Obafemi Awolowo Way by the Lagos Television (Ltv) junction in Ikeja is a befitting replacement to the old Awolowo statue that was removed from the Allen Avenue round-about in Ikeja.
He further took to his Twitter page make the revelation to Lagosians as he wrote;
; “We unveiled the statue of Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo at the intersection of Lateef Jakande Road and Obafemi Awolowo Way.”
He added; “Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s landmark achievements have endured and remain a source of inspiration for progressive leadership in the country.”
In a press release on Saturday by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said Tuesday’s ceremony will reinforce Governor Ambode’s commitment to acknowledging the contributions of patriots whose deeds and ideals were instrumental to making Lagos State in particular and the South-west region in general a formidable political and intellectual force within the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
”It has always been Governor Ambode’s desire to honour patriots and nationalists like Chief Obafemi Awolowo whose impeccable record and immense contribution to regional and national development inspired a new generation of brilliant and forward-looking politicians like the Governor himself,” Ayorinde said.
He added that erecting the bust on the same road that was named after the former Premier of Western region several years ago and beside the television station that was the first to be owned by a state government “is a unique way to keep the Awo legacy alive in Lagos State.”
Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo, GCFR, was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman who played a key role in Nigeria’s independence movement, the First and Second Republics and the Civil War.