The governor, who was accompanied on the visit by members of the State Executive Council, said his demise was a major loss not just to Lagos State but also Nigeria.
He said: “On behalf of Lagos State, I want to say that this is something that thoroughly touched us; we are concerned about it and we would like to take deeper part in whatever you want to do to honour him because this is a great loss to Lagos and this is a great loss of a great man of Lagos and we intend to celebrate him in that manner also.
“Whatever it is that we do even as a government or as a party, they are things that always project us. If there is any person that is on the side of the masses or the poor, this is one thing that Dr. Tunji Braithwaite believed in. He preached it; confessed it and fought it during his lifetime.
“He was always thoroughbred. That is why we have come here not only console or say just anything. But we must equally point out that everything I am also doing is on the side of the poor and is on the side of the majority, which he believed in; which he confessed; which he stood for during his lifetime.
“Notwithstanding, whatever challenges we have on the way, the only thing we have joy about is that he lived a Christian life from the beginning to the end. I just shared his widow some of the legacies that the Braithwaite left in Anglican Church in Epe and the things they continue to do also. My prayer is that wherever he left his sermon, we will take it up and also make sure that the philosophy of what he believed in does not die here.
“I want to console with the rest of the family. The name Braithwaite will never die. I believe strong that any time that we are reading any legal matter or any other issue that relate to constitutionalism in Nigeria, his own side of the story will remain indelible.”
Speaking on behalf of the family Dr. Omowunmi Braithwaite thanked the governor for finding time, despite his busy schedule to come and commiserate with them.
She said her father’s demise had left a void in their lives that will forever remain difficult to fill, but they were drawing strength from his legacies and his love for God.
“We love our father; he has left a huge void in our lives and his footsteps impossible to fill. But we take comfort in what he has left as a legacy, as you have said, for us as a family and the nation.
“Daddy did not compromise under any circumstances with his family. We thank God for the fact that he was such a forthright and God-fearing man and fearless on many levels and as I have said to some other people, he was not up for sale at any level.
“We thank God for him because great people are born not made and daddy was a great man. I know he will live forever in our hearts and he will go down in Nigerian history as one of the greatest men who ever lived in Nigeria,” she said.