31 December 2013

Nigeria: Jonathan, Amosun Condole With Soyinka Over Daughter's Death

President Goodluck Jonathan Monday condoled with the family of Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, over the death of his daughter, Iyetade, describing her demise as unfortunate.

Also, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, commiserated with Soyinka, stating that his daughter's death was most regrettable. Jonathan in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said: "On behalf of himself and the federal government, President Goodluck Jonathan extends sincere condolences to Prof. Wole Soyinka and other members of the Soyinka family on the death of the Nobel laureate's daughter, Iyetade at the age of 48."

While noting that Iyetade's untimely death at such a young age must have been quite painful for Soyinka and his family, Jonathan prayed that God Almighty will comfort the Nobel Laureate and all others who mourn his late daughter.

The president urged them to take solace in the belief that Iyetade had gone away from all earthly troubles to rest for eternity in God's bosom.

On his part, Amosun expressed his deepest condolences to Soyinka, describing the death of Iyetade as "most unfortunate and regrettable."

In a press release signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs. Funmi Wakama, Amosun said: "It is most unfortunate that the cold hands of death has snatched away Dr. Iyetade Soyinka, at the prime of her life, when her knowledge and expertise would have been invaluable to her immediate family and the society at large. "Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Professor Wole Soyinka and his family at this trying period, although we know that only God can comfort him," the governor said.

Amosun, who also extended his heartfelt condolences to the mother, children and other family members of the deceased, prayed to almighty God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Meanwhile, Soyinka's family yesterday formally announced the passing away of their daughter, Iyetade, who died after a brief illness at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.

A statement from the family said: "She took ill quite suddenly and passed away while being treated at UCH, Ibadan. Affable, intelligent and sometimes capricious, who struggled with her health in recent years. In spite of this, she greeted every day with a smile and doted on her two children."

The deceased, who left behind two children, both parents, numerous siblings, nieces and nephews, was born on June 6, 1965 in Ibadan. She attended Staff School and Queens School, Ibadan before reading Medicine at the University of Ibadan (UI).

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