Former Lagos state deputy governor, Chief Rafiu Bakare Jafojo is dead. Chief Rafiu died on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the age of 80 years. According to Leadership Newspaper, Jafojo died in Lagos after a brief illness. He has been buried today at 2pm.
Born on December 6, 1935 to the family of late Pa Bakare Adeyefa Jafojo in Ebute Meta and the late Madam Taiwo of Ebute Meta, Chief Rafiu grew up in Isale Awori, Ikeja. Jafojo served as a deputy governor to Alhaji Lateef Jakande on the return of the country to civil rule in 1979 to 1983. His former boss was one of the first callers at the deceased home. He described Jafojo as “a loyal deputy” and praised for the repose of his soul.
He began his working career in 1959 as a building inspector with the Ikeja Town Planning Authority. In 1961, he left Nigeria for England where he studied building engineering at Hackney Technical College. In 1966, he obtained a National Certificate and moved to Brixon School of Engineering, where he graduated with a Higher National Certificate in Building. In 1969, Jafojo entered the Northern Polytechnic (now University of North) in London, where he bagged an Advanced Certificate in Building Technology.
Shortly after his return to Nigeria, he pitched tent with the Egbe Afenifere. He mobilized and encouraged the Awori to be politically conscious. Between 1975 and 1977, he was elected a councillor in Ikeja local government and later became the chairman of the General Purpose Committee. In 1978, Jafojo joined the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria, whose national leader was the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Awolowo encouraged him to join the then governorship candidate Alhaji Lateef Jakande as his running mate. The joint ticket worked; they won the election. 1st Octpber, 1979 was a historic day in the life of Chief Jafojo because it was the day he sworn in as the first democratically elected deputy governor to Alhaji Jakande.