‘’My love and beloved husband. You were indeed a great man. Fulfilled; a good husband and an extraordinary father.”
“You were a rare man, who selflessly and unconditionally loved both his biological and non-biological children. Daddy you touched lives in an extraordinary way. You were a selfless giver.’’
That was an extract from the tribute of Pastor (Mrs) Duro Agunbiade the wife of late Senator Lawrence Adekunle Agunbiade popularly known as LACO.
St Paul’s Anglican church, Otaye Quarters, Ise-Ekiti, Ekiti State was filled to capacity as Children, Family, Friends and well wishers gathered to give the late former distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria a befitting burial.
The children gave thanks to the Almighty God through a thanksgiving, while the remains of late Agunbiade was given to mother earth.
The Ancient town of Ise-Ekiti the headquarters of Ise-Orun local government witnessed influx of dignitaries who came around to bid the late patriarch a farewell to eternity.
There were series of tributes from notable Nigerians among who are the former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Former Governor of Cross Rivers State Senator liyel Imoke and others. Late Senator Lawrence Adekunle Agunbiade was born on April 17, 1938 to Mr Theophilus Agunbiade and Madam Abigail Ajan Agunbiade of blessed memory.
He attended St. Marks Primary School, Ise-Ekiti and Edo College, Saboyida-ora, Edo State. Having worked briefly as a clerical staff at ECN now known as PHCN, he journeyed to England where he studied Insurance at the Hallborn law and Insurance College.
On his return to Nigeria, he set up an Insurance Brokerage firm in Ibadan and being the first Nigerian to obtain a chellaran franchise, he established the LACO Group and then LACO departmental stores the biggest supermarket chain in the South west at the time.