The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has sympathised with families of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, and Prof. A.B. Oyediran over the loss of their daughter and wife, Rev. Tola Oyediran, who died on Friday at the age of 79.
Sanwo-Olu, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, described the death of the former matriarch of the Awolowo dynasty as shocking and a great loss to her family, friends, associates, management and staff of Tribune newspapers.
Sanwo-Olu said: “It is with deep sense of sorrow but with a heart full of gratitude to God for a good life spent by the late Rev. Mrs. Tola Oyediaran that I commiserate with the family, friends and associates of the deceased.
“Reverend Oyediran undoubtedly touched many people’s lives while she was alive. She was a true compatriot, a passionate leader, loving mother and an embodiment of humility.
“Oyediran used her God-given talents, resources and media platforms to emancipate the Yoruba race and Nigerian as a whole.
“The late Oyediran’s tenure as chairman of the Board of Directors of African Newspapers Plc (publishers of Tribune newspaper), which just began after serving her first tenure witnessed growth in the organization.
“On behalf of my family and the good people Lagos State, I hereby express my heartfelt condolences to the Oyediran and Awolowo over the loss of Rev. Tola Oyediran.”