President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned late Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s eldest daughter, Revd Mrs Tola Oyediran, who died on Friday.
Buhari’s condolence message was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled ‘President Buhari mourns Chief Obafemi Obafemi Awolowo’s daughter, Tola Oyediran’.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari sends condolences to the family of late Premier of the Western Region and nationalist, Chief Obafemi Awolowo over the passing of Mrs Tola Oyediran, eldest daughter of the sage.
“The President commiserates with friends and associates of Mrs Oyediran, particularly her only surviving sister, Mrs Tokunbo Awolowo, over the sad loss, urging the family to take solace in the investments of the deceased in making life better for others.
“As the family mourns, President Buhari prays that the Almigty God will receive the soul of the departed, and comfort all her loved ones.
Oyediran, a director with The Nigerian Tribune, fondly called Mama Ibadan, died on Friday.
Revd Oyediran, the eldest child of the late politician and lawyer, was to celebrate her 80th birthday on December 1.
Until her passage, she was the Chairman, Board of Directors of African Newspapers of Nigeria Plc., publishers of Tribune titles.
A family source said she did not show any signs of illness. She was said to have been hale and hearty as of last night (Thursday, 15th October).
The former Nigerian Tribune chairman, who was married to Prof. A. B. O. O. Oyediran, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, reportedly died in her sleep.
With her passage, Dr Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu is the only direct surviving child of Chief Awolowo.