President Buhari has mourned the death of Reverend Tola Oyediran, the eldest daughter of the late Premier of the Western Region and nationalist, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
Oyediran was the Chairman, Board of Directors of African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN) publishers of Tribune newspapers, and was married to Professor A. B. O. O. Oyediran, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan.
She reportedly died on Friday afternoon in her sleep at the age of 79.
A statement signed by the family reads:
“The children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of Professor Olukayode Oyediran regret to announce the sudden, but peaceful passing of his wife of 57 years, Mrs Omotola Olubunmi Oyediran.
“Mrs Oyediran was the first daughter of the late Chief Obafemi and Chief (Mrs) HID Awolowo. She was a very loving, kind and generous mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and matriarch of the Awolowo dynasty.
“She had a very large family because her heart was large, and her embrace wide. She was a friend of the poor, needy and downtrodden. They called her “Iya Alanu Oke Bola.
“She was full of positive energy. She will be remembered with great affection and sorely missed. Born in 1940, Revd Oyediran, 79, was expected to mark her 80th birthday December 1.
“May her soul rest in perfect peace.”
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.
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