By Oluwakemi Ishola
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Oyo State Council, on Friday, commiserated with the State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, over the demise of his mother, Madam Abigail Makinde.
Mama Makinde died on Thursday in Ibadan at the age of 80 years.
A statement signed by the NUJ Chairman, Ademola Babalola and Secretary, Sola Oladapo described the passing of the matriarch of the Makinde as shocking, moreso that there was no sign of major ailment ascribed to the deceased, who was full of life, until the unfortunate development.
The NUJ urged Governor Makinde to take solace in the fact that Mama lived well and was fulfilled as a great woman, who touched lives positively and witnessed his ascension to the office of the State Governor and positive strides made in the last 20 months.
“Your Excellency Sir, at a time like this, all journalists in the State share in your grief and admonish you to be man enough to withstand this trying moment. Its not easy to lose one’s mother especially a woman of such influence in the society.
“Death is the necessary end of all mortals and it will come when the Almighty so wishes
“We pray God to forgive Mama her trespasses and grant her eternal rest. God will grant you the fortitude to bear her irreplaceable loss. It is well Sir,” the statement added.