Tributes have been pouring in over the death of Mrs Omotola Oyediran, the first daughter of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo who passed on Friday.

President Muhammadu Buhari in a condolence message to the Awolowo family described the exit of Mrs. Oyediran as sad.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari commiserated with friends and associates of Mrs. Oyediran, particularly her only surviving sister, Mrs. Tokunbo Awolowo Dosumu over the sad loss, urging the family to take solace in the investments of the deceased in making life better for others.

The President prayed that the Almighty God would receive the soul of the departed, and comfort all her loved ones.

In his own tribute, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, described the deceased as humble, amiable and person with graceful disposition which endeared her to many people.

Asiwaju Tinubu said Mrs. Oyediran represented the Awolowo family positively through her excellent moral conduct and shared her father’s welfarist political philosophy.

He said as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tribune Newspapers until her death, Mrs Oyediran helped to take the Tribune titles to a new height through her emphasis on professionalism and integrity in all their editorial offerings.

On his part Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State said the death of Mrs. Oyediran had thrown the state into mourning.

He described the late Tola Oyediran as not only an embodiment of humility and virtues, but one who has exhibited independent-mindedness, foresight and managerial acumen in all tasks thrust upon her.

According to Governor Abiodun, Mrs Oyediran was also a great Nigerian in her right and stood as a rock of Gibraltar behind her very successful medical doctor husband and former Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan, Prof A.B. O. Oyediran, her successes as a home-maker cannot but be an irreparable loss to her immediate and extended family members and indeed a very painful exit for them.


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