VICE-PRESIDENT Kashim Shettima, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd. ), and Aliko Dangote were among those who paid their homage to the founder of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), late Otunba Olasubomi Balogun.
The philanthropist died on May 18th, at the age of 89.
According to a statement from Olusola Abiola, Director of Information, Office of the Vice President, the late philanthropist’s funeral took place at the Cathedral Church of Our Saviour in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
Shettima, who represented President Bola Tinubu, said Balogun was a model for future generations of bankers, attorneys, and other professionals in Nigeria.
He also described the late FCMB founder as a banking icon “who was everything our ailing world desired.”
Speaking further about the deceased virtues and impact, the Vice President said the late Balogun was “a philanthropist extraordinaire and departing from this world at age 89 is a gift that only a few have benefited from.”
Dapo Abiodun, Governor of Ogun State, stated in his remarks that the late Balogun was a prodigious scholar, an economist, and a lawyer who attended Igbobi College in Yaba, Lagos, before going to the London School of Economics to study law in 1956.
Several luminaries attended the funeral, including former Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo Olu, former Governor of Ogun State, Sen. Gbenga Daniel, and former Governor of Bayelsa State, Sen. Seriake Dickson.
Others were Dangote Group Chairman Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, African Development Bank President Dr Femi Adesina, first-class traditional rulers and bishops of the Ijebu Anglican Diocese, Church of Nigeria, and Anglican Communion, among others.