By Ismaila Chafe
Abuja, Oct. 16, 2020 President Muhammadu Buhari has sent his condolences to the family of late Premier of the Western Region and nationalist, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, over the passing of Mrs Tola Oyediran, the eldest daughter of the sage.
The President, in the condolence message by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday, commiserated with friends and associates of Mrs Oyediran, particularly her only surviving sister, Mrs Tokunbo Awolowo, over the sad loss.
He urged the family to take solace in the investments of the deceased in making life better for others.
Buhari prayed that the almighty God would receive the soul of the departed, and comfort all her loved ones.
Meanwhile Sen. Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has commiserated with the family of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, over the death of their eldest child, Mrs Tola Oyediran, aged 79 years.
Tinubu’s condolence is contained in a statement issued by his Media aide, Mr Tunde Rahman, on Friday in Lagos.
Oyediran, fondly called Mama Ibadan, until her death was the Chairman, Board of Directors of the African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN), Publishers of the Tribune.
Reports say Oyediran did not give any signs of illness just before death took her away
The APC leader described the deceased as a humble, amiable and graceful person whose disposition endeared her to many.
Tinubu condoled with all those she left behind, especially the entire Awolowo and Oyediran families.
“She represented the Awolowo family positively through her excellent moral conduct and shared her father’s welfarist political philosophy.
“As the Chairman, Board of Directors of Tribune Newspapers, she helped take the Tribune titles to a new height through her emphasis on professionalism and integrity in all their editorial offerings,” he said
The former governor of Lagos also extended his condolences to the governors of Ogun and Oyo states, Dapo Abiodun and Seyi Makinde, respectively, as well as the government and people of the two states over the demise of their illustrious daughter.
“I pray God to grant the soul of late Mrs Oyediran eternal rest,” he said.
Also Okei-Odumakin commiserates with Awolowo’s family over daughter’s death
Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, President of Women Arise, an NGO, has commiserated with the family of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, over the death of their eldest child, Mrs Tola Oyediran, aged 79 years.
Okei-Odumakin’s condolences are contained in a statement made available to journalists on Friday in Lagos.
Oyediran, fondly called Mama Ibadan, until her death was the Chairman, Board of Directors of African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN), Publishers of the Nigerian Tribune.
She is said to have shown no sign of illness except for old age, she was still hale and hearty untill Thursday night.
Okei-Odumakin said Oyediran was a virtuous woman whose death is a big blow to all who knew her while she lived a good life .
“Her death jolts us because we have lost another good person. It is our prayer that her soul will rest in peace and that God should preserve all she left behind,” she said.