The death of the first military governor of Kwara State, retired Brig. Gen. David Bamigboye, is no longer news, but it leaves behind memories that will linger in the minds of friends, family and associates.
The news of his death was broken on Friday 21st September, 2018 by his younger brother also retired, Col. Theophilus Bamigboye, former Military Administrator of Bauchi and Osun States.
He said that the late military governor died on Thursday 20th September 2018 after a brief illness in Lagos.
The deceased whose full name is Femi David Lasisi Bamigboye, was born 7 December 1940 and grew to become a Nigerian military commander. He held the reputation as Kwara state governor from May 1967 to July 1975, after which the state was cut out from the old Northern Region during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon.
David Bamigboye was born of the Igbomina axis of Kwara State.
In 1968, he 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.
In December 1972, he opened the new premises of Ola-Olu Hospital with accommodation for thirty-five beds.
In 1977, some properties he owned in Ilorin were seized, not to be returned until 26 years later in May 2003.
In 2009, his son was appointed a special assistant to the Kwara State governor.
Bamigboye established the Herald Newspaper titles still in existence till date. He also built the 5 Star Kwara Hotel, and also built thr Kwara State Secretariat imcliding the Kwara Stare Government House.
He established many Government Secondary Schools across the state, as well as General Hospitals.
He instituted scholarships programme for Kwara Indigenes in higher institutions.
He laid the solid foundation for the present Kwara State and it remains a thing that history cannot deny.
He built and sustained unity in Kwara state and produced many outstanding leaders, scholars, civil servants, jurists, professionals, entrepreneurs and many great Kwarans in various fields.
The longest serving governor of Kwara State, who served for 9yrs (1967-1975) died on the 20th September, 2018.
Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has condoled the family of Brig. General David Bamigboye (rtd) and the entire Omu-Aran community in Irepodun Local Government, over the demise of the Septugenarian and first Military Governor of the state. In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, the Governor said that he received the news of the death of Gen. (Rtd) Bamigboye with rude shock and described it as a colossal loss to the entire state.
“The vacuum left by the demise of the former Governor particularly at this transition period”, the governor said, “will be difficult to fill up, considering his advice and wisdom”.
The statement described the deceased as an embodiment of humility and fear of God, saying that the government and the entire Kwarans will miss him for his selfless service to the state.
It added that the late General Bamigboye will remain evergreen in the history of the state for his laudable achievements as the first Governor and for laying a solid foundation for the growth and development of the state.
Governor Ahmed prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and the family, Omu-Aran community, government and entire Kwarans the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Also, one of the Governorship Aspirants in Kwara State under the All Progressives Congress, Mallam Saliu Mustapha in a condolence message over the death of David bamigboye described the death of the first Military Governor of Kwara State as a great loss to the people of the State.
He recognized the laudable roles the late former military governor played in the development and growth of the state, said the late elder statesman’s name would continue to linger in the minds of every Kwarans.
Other notable Kwara indigenes and Nigerians who has sent in their condolence messages include Former Minister for Sport, Alhaji Bolaji Abdullahi, Abdulrahman Abdulrazek and a host of others condoling with the family of the deceased noble son of Kwara.
May his gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace.