First Military Governor of Kwara state, Brigadier General Femi David Lasisi Bamigboye has died.
The retired General passed away at the age of 78 in Lagos after a brief illness.
David Bamigboye is an Igbomina man from Omu Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.
His younger brother is Theophilus Bamigboye, a retired military officer.
Funeral rites are expected to be announced later.
In a condolence message, Senate President Bukola Saraki wrote: “Rtd. Brigadier General Femi David Bamigboye, led Kwara State through its formative years as its first military governor.
“His great work and commitment to the development of our State cannot be over-emphasized.”
Also reacting to his death, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed said the deceased made significant contributions to the development of Kwara state and lived a good life.
“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 development of our state and lived a good life”, Governor Ahmed wrote on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.
Bamigboye ruled Kwara 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 preceded Hassan Katsi and was succeeded by late Ibrahim Taiwo.
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.