Jonathan Mourns Bayo Kuku


President Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with the Awujale of Ijebu-Ode, Oba Sikiru Adetona and the people of the town, on the death, Thursday, of one of the town’s most illustrious sons, Chief Bayo Kuku.

In a statement by Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Jonathan also condoled with members of the Kuku family as well as the Government and people of Ogun State on the passage of the renowned Ogbeni-Oja of Ijebu-Ode.

“The President shares their grief as they mourn Chief Kuku, a highly respected businessman and philanthropist who touched many lives positively in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State and Nigeria as a whole. He believes that Chief Kuku will be long remembered and honoured across the country and beyond as a trail-blazing entrepreneur and administrator whose career highlights included his exemplary leadership role as President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

“President Jonathan prays that Almighty Allah will grant Chief Kuku eternal rest and comfort all who mourn him,” the statement read.

Kuku, who died aged 85 was yesterday buried at his ‘White House’, country-home on Bayo Kuku Drive, Obalende, Ijebu-Ode.

Although he was regarded as one of the richest and most influential Ijebu sons, he was also known to be very humble.

A lawyer by profession, Kuku was the Bobajiro of Ijebuland as well as chairman, Council of Chiefs of Ijebu. He was also vice chairman, Mobil Oil Nigeria Limited, former board member, FBN Merchant Bank and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).