Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has reacted to the death of the former President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Chief (Mrs) Olutoyin Olakunri, who died on Sunday.
DAILY POST reports that Olakunri slumped and died during a church service on Sunday morning.
Obasanjo in a condolence message described the deceased as a dutiful and hardworking fellow who gave her very best to the end in the service of her fatherland.
He wrote “When I needed to put together a strong team of individuals who understood my vision and mission for the Nigeria project and could help actualise my dream as the civilian President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007, Toyin’s name just couldn’t escape the list of such individuals.
“Through her distinguished public service, as the Chairman of the Education Trust Fund, ETF, she was a tremendous help to me and I enjoyed every bit of her advice and support.
“Her reflections and piercing insights and insistence for truth and accountability could not but inspire anyone close to her,” he said.
“It must also be on record that ‘Toyin’s influence transcended Nigeria. She stood shoulder-to-shoulder with other notable personalities in Africa and was well respected among her counterparts from within and beyond the shore of Nigeria,” he said.
He prayed for strength, bountiful blessings on Mr. Olakunri, and that God will crown the deceased’s soul with the joy of paradise.
Also, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has expressed sadness over the death of Mrs. Olakunri.
Adeosun in a statement described late Olakunri as a professional mother and cherished mentor that impacted positively on a generation of women chartered accountants.
The minister said “the deceased supported women to realise their potentials in the field of accountancy.”
She also commiserated with the entire Olakunri family and prayed that God would grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.