Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has described the death of the late chairman of the African Newspapers of Nigeria PLC, publishers of the Tribune titles, Revd. Mrs. Tola Oyediran, as great a loss to the state and the entire country.
The governor, in a condolence message 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 on the society.
He added that she would be remembered for her immense contributions in sustaining the legacies of the sage alongside her sister, who is also a co-chairman of the ANN PLC, Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor 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.
The condolence message read: “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.”
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has expressed sadness over the death of Mrs Omotola Oyediran, the Chairman, African Newspapers of Nigeria, publishers of the Nigerian Tribune titles and first daughter of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
Oyetola in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on Friday in Osogbo, said Nigeria had lost one of its finest citizens, an administrator par excellence.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of the State of Osun, I sympathise with the immediate family of the late Mrs Omotola Oyediran, the late Chief Awolowo’s family, the Nigerian Tribune family, her friends and associates.
“I also commiserate with my brother, Gov. Dapo Abiodun, the government and people of Ogun State over the loss of one of their illustrious daughters.
“The death of mama Omotola is also no doubt, a huge loss to the media industry and the country at large.
“While she was alive, she distinguished herself as an intellectual and seasoned administrator. We’ll surely miss her wise counsel.
“I urge her immediate and the Awolowo families as well as the Nigerian Tribune family to take solace in the fact that mama lived a good life by impacting positively on her younger professional colleagues, the media industry and the society at large”, the governor said.
Oyetola prayed the Almighty God to forgive the shortcomings of the deceased, grant her eternal rest and give the family the courage and the fortitude to bear the great loss. Oyediran died today at the age of 79.
Chief Whip of the Senate, Sen. Orji Kalu has expressed sadness over the death of Rev. Tola Oyediran (Nee Awolowo), eldest daughter of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
Kalu, in a condolence message on Saturday condoled with the government and people of Ogun over the demise of their illustrious daughter.
Extolling the virtues of the deceased, Kalu described the late Oyediran, as an epitome of peace and humility.
He said that the deceased contributed to the media industry, having served as Chairman, Board of Directors of African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN), publishers of the Tribune titles during her lifetime.
He said, “I convey my heart felt and sincere condolences to the entire Awolowo family over the demise of Reverend Tola Oyediran, former Chairman of Board of Directors of African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN), publishers of the Tribune titles.
“The deceased was a devout christian, community leader and philanthropist, whose good deeds will continue to speak for her.
“The late Reverend Oyediran, did not deviate from the ideals of her late father,” Kalu said.
While praying to God to rest the soul of Oyediran, Kalu commiserated with Mrs Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, Mr Segun Awolowo Jr. and other members of the Awolowo family over the sad loss.
Senator Teslim Foarin (APC-Oyo Central), has described the death of Rev. Omotola Oyediran, the eldest daughter of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo as a monumental loss to the Yoruba race and Nigeria at large.
Folarin, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Local Content, described Oyediran as a virtuous woman, humane and exemplary leader.
The former Senate leader said that the late Oyediran did not only contribute to the peace and stability of Yoruba nation, but contributed immensely to the media industry in Nigeria.
He said that the late Oyediran was an ideal mother and senior citizen, saying she consistently stood up to offer useful guidance to Yoruba nation as well as Nigeria.
”Unarguably, we shall miss her wise counsel, honesty, unwavering commitment to the ideals of nationhood, sense of wisdom and humour. She has left a big shoe that will be difficult to fill,” he said.
The three-term Senator condoled with the Awolowo family, the good people of Ogun State and Nigeria on the passage of Rev. Tola Oyediran (Nee Awolowo).
Also national leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu commiserates with Awolowo family, Tribune newspapers over Oyediran’s passing
In his condolence letter, he said: “I’m deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Mrs. Tola Oyediran, the first daughter of our late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
“Mrs. Oyediran’s humble, amiable and graceful disposition endeared her to many of us. She represented the Awolowo family positively through her excellent moral conduct and shared her father’s welfarist political philosophy.
“As Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tribune Newspapers until her death, she helped take the Tribute titles to a new height through her emphasis on professionalism and integrity in all their editorial offerings.
“She died close to her 80th birthday. We thank God for her life and important contributions to Nigeria. I commiserate with all those she left behind particularly her children, grandchildren including my Special Assistant, Damilotun Aderemi, and the entire Awolowo and Oyediran families. May God Almighty comfort them over this loss.
I also mourn with the management and staff of Tribune newspapers. My condolences to the governors of Ogun and Oyo states, Prince Dapo Abiodun and Mr. Seyi Makinde respectively, as well as the government and people of the two states over the demise of their illustrious daughter.
“I pray that God grant the soul of our most beloved Mrs. Oyediran eternal rest.
Meanwhile, Rev. Omotola Oyediran, the eldest daughter of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, died on Friday at age 79.
The news of Oyediran’s was confirmed in a statement issued on Friday evening by the husband on behalf of the family and made available to news in Ibadan.
The late Oyediran, who was born on December 1, 1940, was until her death the Chairman of African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN).
She was the first daughter of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and late wife, Chief(Mrs) HID Awolowo. The late Oyediran was the wife of Prof.
A.B.O.O. Oyediran, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan(UI).
The family, in the statement, confirmed that the late Oyediran died on Friday afternoon, less than two months to her 80th birthday.
According to the statement, “the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Prof. 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 OkeBola.’
“She was full of positive energy. She will be remembered with great affection and sorely missed. May her soul rest in perfect peace.”