Mr. Olumide Akande, on behalf of Akande family has formally announced the death of Chief Harry Akande. Olumide said his father died in the early hours of today, Saturday, December 5, 2020 after a brief illness.
Late Chief Harry Akande was an astute businessman of international repute whose legacy and influence cut across continents. His greatest passion was for a better Nigeria that guaranteed equity and justice for all.
Meanwhile, Governor Seyi Makinde has 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 Ibadan-land and Oyo State have lost another great man.
In the statement made available by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the governor prayed that God grant repose to HarrybAkande’s soul and grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
According to the statement, Makinde stated that late Harry 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 news of the death of the Agba Oye of Ibadan-land and internationally renowned businessman, Chief Harry Akande, came to me as a shock. His death meant another great loss to Ibadan-land, Oyo State and Nigeria.
“Chief Harry’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.
“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 his soul and also sustain his immediate and extended families. 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.” Governor Makinde said.
The late businessman is one of Nigeria’s richest men ever who dazzled the world bringing African class in his interactions from Hollywood to American board rooms has died of COVID-19 complications at the age of 77.
After starting his career at KPMG he soon established his own International Corporation company, in 1971 and attempted to succeed President Ibrahim Babangida and brought some touch of class in his campaign moving around the country in helicopters but his attempt was not successful.