Former Minister of Aviation and Education, Professor Babalola Borishade, has passed on. He was aged 71.
The family announced his sad passing in a short statement, signed by Olamide Borishade. The statement said the ex-minister “passed into eternal glory on 26th April, 2017 after a brief illness”.
Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, in a reaction to the death, described it as “a great loss to the political class, the people of Ekiti State and the country in general.”
Fayose, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, described Borishade as “a consistent politician who stood for what he believed in,” and added that “the death of Dr Babalola Borishade was not only sudden, but a rude shock.”
He said: “Our state and indeed our nation still expected a lot from him given his experience and wide network in the political circle. He served the nation in a number of capacities and was not found wanting.”
Chairman of Ido/Osi Local Government Area of the state, the home local government of the Kate Borishade, Chief Ayodele Arogbodo, described his death as “a big shock and an unbelievable blow to Usi-Ekiti,” saying “we are still wondering how we can recover from the shock and fill the vacuum his death would create in Usi-Ekiti and the state at large.”
May his soul rest in peace.