By Ismaila Chafe
Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family of former Minister of Commerce and Industry, Otunba Ayora Bola Kuforiji-Olubi, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 80.
The President, who recently received the former minister and first female Chairman of the United Bank of Africa at the State House, also extended heartfelt condolences to the government and people Ogun State.
He also condoled with the banking industry, Otunba Kuforiji-Olubi’s friends and professional colleagues over the sad loss.
In a statement by Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity on Monday in Abuja, Buhari recalled that during his Oct. 20 meeting with the banking and accounting guru, where he congratulated her on her 80th birthday, she was “warm and hearty”.
He affirmed that the then first female President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria served the nation and humanity with all her God-given strength and talent.
He noted that the multiple professional, national awards and fellowships she received were well deserved.
The President said “as a distinguished economist and manager who scored many firsts
in breaking the glass ceiling in both private and public services, the deceased would be remembered for redefining the place of womanhood in Nigeria’s development and inspiring others.”
President Buhari prayed that the Almighty God would grant her eternal rest, and also comfort her loved ones.