President Goodluck Jonathan has described the death of the Publisher of the Tribune Newspapers, Chief Oluwole Awolowo as sad and painful.
This is contained in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by Dr Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.
Jonathan noted that the late Awolowo was a distinguished evangelist, humanist and community leader.
He also described the decease as a worthy and honoured member of the Awolowo dynasty, who diligently served God and humanity to the best of his ability.
The President commended Awolowo’s steadfast, life-long commitment to upholding, maintaining and continually improving the Tribune newspapers.
He said the deceased ensured that the Nigerian Tribune and its sister publications remained relevant in Nigeria’s media space and continue to offer invaluable services to the nation.
“It is not a mean feat to have sustained the Tribune newspapers over the years,’’ the President said in praise of the late scion of the Awolowo family.
On behalf of himself, his family and the Federal Government, Jonathan extended his heartfelt condolences to Chief Awolowo’s immediate family and the matriarch of the Awolowo family, Mrs HID Awolowo.
He also commiserated with other members of the family, the Ikenne community, the management and staff of Tribune newspapers, as well as the people and government of Ogun.
The president prayed that God would console the bereaved and grant the soul of Chief Oluwole Awolowo peaceful rest.