Mr. Awolowo died on Wednesday in London.
President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed sadness at the death of the late Tribune publisher, Oluwole Awolowo.
Mr. Awolowo is the eldest surviving son of the late Yoruba leader and Premier of the Western Region, Obafemi Awolowo. He died in London on Wednesday, aged 70, from an undisclosed sickness.
Mr. Jonathan described the deceased as a as a worthy and honoured member of the Awolowo dynasty who diligently served God and humanity to the best of his abilities.
He commended Mr. Awolowo’s steadfast, life-long commitment to upholding, maintaining and continually improving the Tribune newspapers.
“It is not a mean feat to have sustained the Tribune newspapers over the years,” the President said.
He extended his heartfelt condolences to Mr. Awolowo’s immediate family; the matriarch of the Awolowo family, Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo; other family members; the Ikenne community; the management and staff of Tribune newspapers; as well as the people and government of Ogun State; and prayed that God consoles the bereaved and grants the soul of Mr. Awolowo peaceful rest.
Also, the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, described the death of Mr. Awolowo as a sad occurrence which has thrown the entire State into mourning.
In a release by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Funmi Wakama, Mr. Amosun said that the fact that Mr. Awolowo was survived by his mother, the revered matriarch of the family who is seen by some Nigerians as a symbol of nationalism, made the departure of the second Republic legislator even more painful.
“We are surprised to hear about the sudden departure of the publisher of the Tribune titles who was not only the son of our late sage, but was himself a major political figure going by the prominent role he played in the second Republic when he served meritoriously as a legislator in the Lagos State House of Assembly.”
“Our condolences go to the entire Awolowo family, particularly our dear mama, Chief (Mrs.) H. I. D. Awolowo,” the governor said.
Also, the Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Olajumoke Akinjide, commiserated with the Awolowo family over the death of Oluwole Awolowo.
She expressed her condolences to the Board, Management and Staff of the African Newspapers of Nigeria Plc, publishers of the Tribune titles, over the demise of their Publisher and Vice Chairman.
Describing the death as irreparable loss to Nigeria, she urged the family to take solace in the fact that Mr. Awolowo left a good legacy worthy of emulation and attained a spiritual piety as a practising Christian.