The Presidency, Oyo and Osun State Governments as well as the ruling APC on Wednesday condoled with elder statesman, Chief Bisi Akande, on the death of his wife, Omowunmi.
Mrs Akande,73, died on Tuesday evening at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, after a brief illness.
Among the dignitaries who were at the Ila-Orangun country home of the Akandes were Mr Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief John Oyegun, the APC National Chairman and Alhaji Lawan Shuaibu, the party’s National Deputy Chairman.
Also in attendance were Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State and his Oyo State counterpart, Gov.Abiola Ajimobi; Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture; Dr Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Solid Minerals and Mr Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works, Power and Housing.
Kyari, who led the presidential delegation, described the deceased as a loss to the nation.
“Yesternight, I received a call from Acting President Yemi Osinbajo while he was with President Muhammadu Buhari in London.
“ He gave me the news of Madam Akande’s death and said that the president and himself are very sad over the sudden death of Mrs Akande.
“ He thereafter directed that I lead a presidential delegation to Ila-Orangun immediately to condole with Chief Akande,’’ he said.
Kyari, however, said a formal communication from the presidency would reach Chief Akande in a few hours.
Oyegun, on his part, stated that though sad, gratitude must be expressed to God as the deceased passed on peacefully into eternity.
“The APC is very sorry and deeply touched about the death of your wife. It is clear that she has found favour.