Buhari, Saraki mourn ex-minister Kuforiji-Olubi


President Muhammadu Buhari  and the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Monday commiserated with the family of a former Minister of Commerce and Industry, Chief Bola Kuforiji-Olubi, who died on Saturday at the age of 80.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement said Buhari who recently received the former minister and first female Chairman of the United Bank for Africa at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, also extended heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Ogun State, the banking industry, Kuforiji-Olubi’s friends and professional colleagues over the loss.

The statement read, “President Buhari recalls that during his October 20 meeting with the banking and accounting guru, where he congratulated her on her 80th birthday, she was warm and hearty.

“He affirms that the then first female President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, served her nation and humanity with all her God-given strength and talent, noting that the multiple professional, national awards and fellowships she received were well deserved.

“As a distinguished economist and manager who scored many firsts in breaking the glass ceiling in both private and public services, the President believes that Otunba Kuforiji-Olubi will be remembered for redefining the place of womanhood in Nigeria’s development and inspiring others.

“President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will grant her eternal rest, and also comfort all her loved ones.”

Kuforiji-Olubi, had on October 20 paid what she called a ‘thank you visit’ to Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described Kuforiji-Olubi as a consummate administrator who discharged her duties with passion during her lifetime.

He said while “it is sad that our dear mother has taken her final journey at age 80, the purpose-driven life she led would continue to inspire present and upcoming generations, particularly women.”

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