October 2, 2014 – President Goodluck Jonathan and the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola have expressed sadness at the demise of the former Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mrs. Oluwaremilekun Oyo.
In a statement, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Ruben Abati said President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan received with immense sadness, news of the passing away of Oyo.
“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.
“The President similarly commiserates with the Nigerian Guild of Editors who Dame Oyo served most admirably as a two-term President in the course of her trail-blazing journalism career, the management and staff of NAN as well as the many colleagues, friends and protégés she garnered in her very fulfilled 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.
“He prays that God Almighty will comfort her family and all who mourn Dame Oyo, and grant her kind soul peaceful repose in eternity”, the President said.
In his reaction, Fashola described Oyo as a forthright journalist who practiced journalism driven by values and comported herself as a worthy role model in the profession throughout her life time.
Recalling the dynamism which Oyo brought to bear into her national assignment as Spokesperson to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and her leadership of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and the News Agency of Nigeria, Fashola noted that her passage while being very painful should also serve as inspiration to all media professionals to always strive for excellence.
While expressing his heartfelt condolences to the widower, Mr. Vincent Oyo and the family, the Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Governor Fashola prayed that God Almighty grants the departed soul peaceful repose and abide with all family members and the journalism family left behind.