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President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday described the immediate past Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), late Mrs Oluremi Oyo, as an exemplary and inspiring trail-blazer.

Jonathan said this while reacting to Oyo’s death in a statement issued in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati.

The statement read, "On behalf of his family and the Federal Government, Jonathan extends sincere condolences to her husband, Vincent, her children, Otome and Okiemuote, her surviving siblings and other relatives.

"The president similarly commiserates with the Nigerian Guild of Editors who Oyo served most admirably as a two-term President in the course of her trail-blazing journalism career.

"He also condoles with the management and staff of NAN as well as many colleagues, friends and protégés she garnered in her very fulfilled life.

"Jonathan joins them in mourning Dame Oyo who, having attained great success in a profession hitherto dominated by men, patriotically entered national service as Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity) to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003.

"She also served with great distinction as the first female Press Secretary to a Nigerian Head of State until 2007.

"The president believes that although she was already much honoured in life with accolades and awards including Officer of the Order of the Niger, Dame Oyo will always be remembered. He also believes that the deceased will be continually honoured in posterity for her exemplary professional life, inspiring leadership qualities, motherliness and generosity.

"Dame Oyo will forever be remembered for her immense patriotism and remarkable transformation of the News Agency of Nigeria during her tenure as the agency’s Managing Director. The president prayed that God Almighty will comfort her family and all who mourn Dame Oyo, and grant her kind soul peaceful repose in eternity."

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Mrs Oyo, the former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as painful.

In a statement issued in Abeokuta, Obasanjo said, "The sudden death of this thorough-bread journalist left a very sour taste in our mouths.

"She was a dutiful and hardworking woman and did her very best to the end in the service of her fatherland. She was not only dutiful, she was professional and loyal to the core.

"Not only was she loyal in terms of her job, but loyal in terms of being a Nigerian. Her integrity was above board and on no account could anyone persuade her to do what she considered not to be right.

"She was ever resourceful, trustworthy and always conducted herself with humility. Remi left an indelible mark in her national assignment at the federal level, even as the Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria.

"The finality of Remi's passage is painful, especially as she still had a lot to contribute to her family, community and the entire nation. We can however draw solace in the fact that she lived a very responsible and caring life.

"Indeed, her manners and conduct while alive will continue to linger in our memories and serve as a source of inspiration," he said.

Also, former Governor of Anambra, Mr Peter Obi has commiserated with the Nigerian Guild of Editors and the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) over the death of Dame Oluremi Oyo.

In a statement made available to newsmen in Awka on Thursday, Obi described Oyo as “a foremost journalist”, who fought for the survival of the journalism profession and Nigeria’s democracy.

“She plied her trade with urbanity, objectivity and maturity, thus teaching the younger ones the need to be guided by the ethics of the profession at all times.

"Throughout her carrier which saw her reaching the apex of the profession, whether as the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, the spokesperson to a former President of the country or Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

"She represented the best and carried out her duties with becoming calmness even in the face of most challenging odds. She thought us all the difference between passing of information and plain rascality,” Obi said.

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