Bamigboye has died, as the first military Governor of Kwara State who was a retired Brigadier General of the Nigerian Army was said to have died after a brief illness, and Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has since expressed his sadness.
The former military Governor was said to have died in the early hours of Friday morning after a brief illness at his Lagos residence.
The late Bamigboye’s brother who also is a retired Colonel, Col. Theophilus Bamigboye announced the death of his elder brother a few hours ago, saying his brother died following a brief illness.
The late David Bamigboye was the Governor of Kwara State from May 1967 to July 1975, after it had been divided from the old Northern Region during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon.
Born 7 December 1940, he was an Igbomina man from Omu Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state and died at the age of 78.
The Governor of the State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed who expressed sadness on the news of his death said it is a huge loss to Kwara State, while also recognizing the contribution he had made to the development of the state. He commiserated with the family in a message he released a few hours ago on his social media handle. He had this to said:
“I am deeply saddened by the death of the first military governor of Kwara State, Rtd. Brig-Gen. David Bamigboye. His death is a huge loss to Kwara State. We are consoled only by the fact that he made significant contributions to the development of our state and lived a good life”
In 1968, Bamigboye created the Kwara State Ministry of Education, with a department to handle Scholarship/Bursary matters. In 1971 he announced a decision to establish the Kwara State Polytechnic, which came into existence in 1972.
According to the family, the funeral rites are expected to be announced later…