Mr. Tayo Situ, 56, a Nigerian and Mayor of the Borough of Southwark in London is dead.
The Europe Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Situ who was elected Mayor in May, 2010 died on Monday after a brief illness.
Amb. Dozie Nwanna, Acting High Commissioner in the Nigerian High Commission who led officials of the High Commission on a condolence visit to the Situ family yesterday, described the late Mayor as a detribilised Nigerian.
He said that Situ rendered selfless services to the Nigerian Community and the British Government.
“He always made himself available in whatever capacity themission needed him. Nigeria has lost a gem and may his soul rest in peace,’’ Nwanna said.
Mr. Kayode Ogunsola, Chairman of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) U.K. Chapter
said, “this is a terrible shock indeed.
“Councillor Situ was an inspiration to us in the community, his life was that of service to humanity.
“He set a standard in the Nigerian Community. This is one rolemodel we have just lost,’’ Ogunsola said.
The Labour Council leader, Mr. Peter John, described Situ as a true gentleman who played the role of mayor with “real dignity”.
“He was so proud of the opportunity to serve his constituents and our Borough as
the first citizen. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time, ‘’John said.
NAN reports that Situ before his election as mayor under theLabour Party was a
Peckham Councillor from 2002.
Situ was educated at the Polytechnic in Ibadan and studied Economics before
leaving Nigeria to the U.K. in 1985.
He is survived by wife Abike, five children and grandchildren.