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Jonathan, Obasanjo, Others Mourn NGE Ex-President

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The president of Nigeria, Goodlluck Jonathan and a former president, General Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday mourned the late former President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mrs. Remi Oyo, who passed away on Wednesday in London.

President Goodluck Jonathan said he received with sadness the news of the death of Dame Oyo. In a statement by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President commiserated with the deceased's relatives and professional colleagues. He said that Dame Oyo would be remembered for her exxemplary professional life, inspiring leadership qualities and her remarkable transformation of NAN during her tenure.

The statement read thus:

"President Goodluck Jonathan has received with immense sadness, news of the passing away of one of the most eminent Nigerian female journalists and former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Dame Felicia Oluwaremilekun 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 proteges she garnered in her very fulfilled life".

Obasanjo said the death of his former Special Assistant on Media left a sour taste in the mouth.

A copy of a letter of condolence dated October 2 and signed by Obasanjo, was made available to the media. The former president commiserated with the widower, Mr. Vincent Oyo, and the entire family. 

Obasanjo said that late Dame Oyo had left an indelible mark in her chosen profession of journalism.

"The sudden demise of this thorough-bred professional in journalism where she had very successful endeavours, left a very sour taste in our mouths.

Today, journalism has remained dominated by those who had been positively influenced, directly or indirectly by her professional sagacity and integrity

She was a professional to the core. Not only loyal in terms of her job, but in loyal term of being a Nigerian. Her integrity was above board and on no account could you persuade her to do what she considered not to be right".

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