President Muhammadu Buhari has condoles with family of renowned businessman, Chief Lekan Are, who passed away on Saturday, urging them to find solace in the good deeds and the good life lived by the departed.
The President’s condolence message was conveyed in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Sunday.
President Buhari condoled with friends and associates of Chief Are, whose outstanding contributions to the hospitality industry in Oyo State and the nation, would be sorely missed.
According to him, the businessman’s investments in people and institutions will leave lasting memories of his selfless and sacrificial life.
President Buhari noted the prominent role played by Are in his alma mater.
Are had served as Patron of Government College Ibadan Old Boys Association for many years.
President Buhari prayed that the almighty God would accept the soul of the departed and comfort his family.
Dr Lekan Are, a foremost Nigerian agronomist, businessman, philanthropist, Chairman of University Press Plc, and great son of Ibadanland is dead. He was 86-years-old.
Mr Toye Akinrinola, the Public Relations Officer of University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, confirmed Are’s death on Saturday.
He said that Are died during a brief illness at the High Dependency Unit of UCH at about 12.30am on Saturday.
Are, born on Dec. 2, 1933, was a former General Manager of Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority.
The deceased was the Managing Director/ Chairman of Kakanfo Inn, Managing Director, Lekan Are Farms Limited and Director of Punch Nigeria Limited.
The agricultural consultant and farmer was until his death the Laguna Bobajiro of Ibadanland.