President Goodluck Jonathan has condoled with the family of the late Remi Oyo, who died on October 1.
In a press statement the President’s spokesperson, Reuben Abati, said the President received the news of the death of the former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, with immense sadness.
“On behalf of his family and the Federal Government, President Jonathan extends sincere condolences to her husband, Vincent, her children, Otome and Okiemuote, her surviving siblings and other relatives,” Mr. Abati said.
He said the President also commiserated with the Nigerian Guild of Editors, where Mrs. Oyo served as a two-term President, the management and staff of NAN as well as the many colleagues, friends and protégés she garnered in her life.
“President Jonathan joins them in mourning Dame Oyo who having attained great success in a profession hitherto dominated by men, patriotically entered national service as Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity) to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003 and served with great distinction as the first female Press Secretary to a Nigerian Head of State until 2007.
“The President believes that although she was already much honoured in life with accolades and awards including Officer of the Order of the Niger, Dame Oyo will always be remembered and continually honoured in posterity for her exemplary professional life, her inspiring leadership qualities, motherliness and generosity, her immense patriotism and her remarkable transformation of the News Agency of Nigeria during her tenure as the agency’s Managing Director,” the statement added.
The President prayed that God Almighty would comfort the deceased’s family andgrant her soul peaceful repose in eternity.