The London Office of the Nigeria High Commission has paid a condolence visit to the family of Mayor Tayo Situ, Mayor of Southwark Borough, who died last Monday after an unsuccessful battle with cancer.
The Ambassador had visited the family to convey Nigeria’s leader, President Goodluck Jonathan’s message:
“Mayor Situ was an icon and there is no doubt that the Nigerian community will miss his hard work”, the Nigeria leader’s earlier message to the family and Southwark Borough was quoted as saying.
The president said Situ’s death has broken a bit of Nigeria’s British influence in the community, praying that the departed would be granted eternal peace.
The High Commission officials conveyed President Goodluck Jonathan’s message to the family in an expression that Nigeria has been mourning along with the Situ’s family, while also showing solidarity with the Borough where the family is the first Borough family, Councillor Situ being the Mayor.
Commiserating more with the family and London Borough of Southwark, Amb. Dozie Nwanna, Acting High Commissioner in the Nigerian High Commission who had led the high powered delegation to the residence of the London Nigerian-born Councillor said Mayor Situ was always an inspiration to emulate.
Ambassador Nwanna, leading the delegation on Wednesday described the late Mayor as a detribalised Nigerian.
He said that Situ’s love for all had no bounds as he rendered selfless services to the Nigerian Community and the British Government, while also serving as father to all in Southwark community.
He however prayed that God in HIS infinite mercy would give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Ben Television Chief Executive, Mr Alistair Soyode who is the Chairman of Nigerians In the Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) in a reaction described Councillor Situ as a complete gentleman whose impact has been felt within all the communities living in the Borough of Southwark.
” He has always demonstrated his love for all”, said Mr Soyode, who urged that all Nigerians should take a cue from Mr Situ’s humanitarian nature and make contribution positively to impact on fellow citizens.
“HE will be conspicuously missed”, he added.
Also in the same vein of condolence, Mr. Kayode Ogunsola, Chairman of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) U.K. Chapter described Mayor Situ’s death as a terrible shock.
“Councillor Situ was an inspiration to us in the community, his life was that of service to humanity.“He set a standard in the Nigerian Community. This is one role model we have just lost,’’ Ogunsola said.
The Labour Council leader, Mr. Peter John, on his Internet blog spot had described Situ as a true gentleman who played the role of mayor with “real dignity”.
Situ before his election as mayor under the Labour Party was a
Situ was educated at the Polytechnic in Ibadan and studied Economics before
He is survived by wife Abike, five children and grandchildren.
Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, described Mayor Situ’s as a big loss to the state.
The governor, in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, said Situ was a source of pride to Nigeria as a whole and Osun State in particular, having exhibited unique leadership qualities in his capacity as the Mayor of Southwark in the United Kingdom.
“It is a sad thing for us in Osun State that Mayor Situ is no more. He was a source of pride to Nigeria and Osun State in particular. It is much more painful that his death has come at a time when the experience of Nigerians like him in the diaspora is needed to accelerate development at home.
“Osun State just signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Borough of Southwark, where he was the mayor, last week, as part of our efforts at boosting development at the grass roots level in Osun State.
“He was in Nigeria for the World Summit of Black Mayors which we hosted in Osun State between February 28 and March 3, this year. During the programme, he was full of life and he made very robust contributions,” the statement said.
“He was also a major participant at the Global Conference of Black Nationalities which held in Osun State in August last year. So, he has been full of activities aimed at development of the grassroots and the pride of the Black man. Surely, his death at this time, is a big loss for us.”
The governor also commiserated with the Borough of Southwark for the loss while praying for the family to have the strength to bear the loss.