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Buhari, others mourn as Awolowo’s daughter dies at 79


The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Friday mourned Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s eldest daughter, Mrs Tola Oyediran, who died earlier in the day.

Oyediran, who was fondly called Mama Ibadan, 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, the publishers of Tribune Newspaper. Family sources said she did not show any sign of illness except for her old age.

The former Nigerian Tribune chairman, who was married to Prof Allen Oyediran, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, reportedly died in her sleep. With her passage, Dr Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu is the only surviving child of the Awolowo dynasty.

The President’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 partly reads, “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.”

Also, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, expressed sadness Oyediran’s passing.

Gbajabiamila said the deceased lived a fulfilled life, like her late father, adding that she was a beacon of hope to many and worthy of emulation.

Meanwhile, the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, described the death of the septuagenarian as a sad occurrence.

Abiodun, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, said, “She was a central figure during her father’s travails as a political figure and after the demise of Papa and Mama Awolowo.


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