Remi Oyo was as an exemplary and inspiring trailblazer – Jonathan


President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed immense sadness at the passing away of Mrs Oluwaremilekun Oyo, former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

A statement signed by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, Wednesday said “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 (NGE) who Dame Oyo served most admirably as a two-term President in the course of her trailblazing 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 and 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.