Governor Makinde has commiserated with late Revd. Mrs. Tola Oyediran’s family.
News Rain Nigeria reports that Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has commiserated with the entire Awolowo and Prof. Oyediran family on the demise of Revd. Mrs. Tola Oyediran who passed away yesterday, Friday, 16th, October 2020, at the age of 79.
Makinde Mourns Awolowo’s Eldest Daughter, Mrs. Tola Oyediran
Recall that late Revd. Mrs. Tola Oyediran, until her death, was the Chairman of African Newspapers of Nigeria PLC, the publisher of the oldest Newspaper in Nigeria, The Tribune titles, also she was the eldest daughter to the late First Premier of Western Region, Pa Obafemi Awolowo.
Governor Makinde through the condolence message that was issued and signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, on Friday, 16th, October 2020, which a copy was made available to News Rain Nigeria correspondent in Ibadan on Saturday, 17th, October 2020, described the passage of late Revd. Mrs. Tola Oyediran as a great loss to the State and the Country as a whole.
Makinde, in a condolence message that was addressed to the management of Tribune Newspapers, the Oyediran and Awolowo families, maintained that the eldest daughter of the first Premier of Western Region, Pa Obafemi Awolowo, who died in Ibadan on Friday, made a huge mark in the society.
Governor Makinde through the message stated that Late Revd. Mrs. Tola Oyediran would be remembered for her immense contributions in sustaining the legacies of her father, the late sage Awolowo.
Governor Makinde, through the condolence message, also condoled with Prof. A.B.O.O. Oyediran, the widower, the children, the wife of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Dolapo, as well as the Vice President himself, who hold close family ties with the departed soul.
News Rain Nigeria gathered that parts of the condolence message read as thus: “The news of the death of the chairman of the ANN PLC, publishers of the Tribune titles, Revd. Tola Oyediran came to me as a shock. I must say that it is painful, and a great loss to the state and the entire country.
“She made a huge mark as a daughter of the most respected Nigerian leader that ever was and it is clear that she and her sister, Dr. Awolowo Dosumu, did a great job in sustaining the great legacies of Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
“As chairman of Tribune, following the passage of Mama HID Awolowo a few years back, Mrs. Oyediran not only sustained the great legacy, she charted a new course for the oldest surviving private newspaper in Nigeria and the flagship of political journalism.
“Mrs. Oyediran’s death, no doubt, is painful. Though we have a cause to celebrate her life, because she lived it well, touching lives positively, it is always painful when one loses a loved one, no matter how old such a person is. I know this because my mum only passed on a little over 24 hours before our amiable aunt, Mrs. Tola Oyediran, also joined the saints.
“I commiserate with the immediate family, the Tribune family, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo, and the entire Awolowo family as a whole.
“I pray that God will grant the family the fortitude to bear this loss and also grant repose to the soul of the departed.”