…Governor Makinde Mourns his demise
The Agba-oye of Ibadanland and Ibadan-born Nigerian businessman, Chief Harry Akande is dead. He died today at the age of 77.
Born 3 March 1943, the Business mogul died on Saturday after a brief illness.
Reacting to his demise, Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, through his Chief Press Secretary, on Saturday, described the death of reputable businessman and former presidential aspirant, Chief Harry Akande, as a great loss to Oyo State and Nigeria.
The governor, in a condolence message to the Akande family, stated that the passing on of Akande at this time meant that Ibadanland and Oyo State have lost another great man.
According to Makinde, Akande’s fame as a businessman and his decision to join Nigerian politics to make a difference were classic, adding that his conduct gave courage to the younger generation of businessmen, most of whom he said have gone ahead to emulate Akande and are making good their dreams.
The governor said: “The news of the death of the Agba Oye of Ibadanland and internationally renowned businessman, Chief Harry Akande, came to me as a shock.
“His death meant another great loss to Ibadanland, Oyo State and Nigeria.
“Chief Harry Akande’s renown as an international businessman who tried to make inroads into Nigerian politics to make a greater impact on society remains classic.
“He was, indeed, one of the pathfinders for businessmen in politics and his efforts in deepening democracy through participation in politics will go into the annals of history, especially his role in building formidable opposition politics.
“This is one death too many and we can only pray to God to halt these deaths and allow our elders make more impact on humanity.
“We cannot question God but we can pray, and that is what we will continue to do. I pray that God will grant repose to Chief Akande’s soul and also sustain his immediate and extended families.
Chief Harry Akande was an astute businessman of international repute whose legacy and influence cut across continents.
Akande made a lot of money in the United States and he was a one-time presidential aspirant in the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) platform.
Recently, his business won a N4.6billion judgement against South Africa’s Shoprite Checkers, owners of Shoprite retail outlets.
The judgement was awarded by an Appeal Court, for sidelining Akande’s business when Shoprite opened for business in Nigeria.