Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State has commiserated with the media industry and immediate family of Mrs Remi Oyo, the immediate past Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) over her death.
Oyo who was also the former spokesperson to the erstwhile President Olusegun Obasanjo died in a United Kingdom hospital on Wednesday.
In a statement signed by the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr Jacob Edi, Wada described the late Oyo as “an Amazon of the pen profession and a light bearer to the female gender.”
The governor said he was sadden by news of her death which he recalled came closely to that of Dimgba Igwe, another frontline journalist.
Wada therefore called on Nigerians to pray for preservation of the lives of media practitioners in the country.
He wished the diseased a peaceful repose of her soul and the family and the media industry especially NAN, the fortitude to bear the permanent loss.
Similarly, Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has commiserated with the President, Nigerian Guild of Editors over the death of a former president of the Guild, Mrs Remi Oyo in a London hospital.
In a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Peter Okhiria, Comrade Oshiomhole said: “Mrs Oyo’s death is a sad loss not only to her family, the Guild of Editors, the media industry but to the entire nation which she served with vigour and forthrightness.
“Remi Oyo was a dedicated journalist who gave her all for the growth of journalism and from my interactions with her, she came to me as a detribalized Nigerian who had deep passion for her country.
“Her humility, despite her exalted position as MD of NAN, served as a source of inspiration to many young journalists who looked to her as reference point in their chosen career.
“While we grieve her death, we take solace in the fact that she lived a worthy life as a mother, an accomplished journalist, and a devout Christian.
“I offer my profound condolence and the commiseration of the good people and Government of Edo State on this sad incident.
“It is my fervent prayer that the good Lord will grant her soul eternal rest and her family the fortitude to bear the loss.