Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family of former Minister of Commerce and Industry, Otunba Ayora Bola Kuforiji-Olubi, who passed away at the age of 80.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, noted in a statement
that the president recently received the former minister who was the first female Chairman of the United Bank of Africa at the State House.
Buhari also extended heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Ogun State, the banking industry, Otunba Kuforiji-Olubi’s friends and professional colleagues over the sad loss.
He recalled 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.
The president affirmed 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 said he believed that Otunba Kuforiji-Olubi would be remembered for redefining the place of womanhood in Nigeria’s development and inspiring others.