Monday, December 5

Pres. Buhari mourns former minister, Dr. Bola Kuforiji

President Buhari  on Monday commiserated with the family of Ex- Minister of Commerce and Industry, Chief Bola Kuforiji-Olubi, who died on Saturday at the age of 80.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in a statement said Buhari who recently received the former minister and first female Chairman of the United Bank of Africa at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, also extended heartfelt condolences to the government and people Ogun State,  the banking industry,  Kuforiji-Olubi’s friends and professional colleagues over the loss.

The statement read,


“President Buhari recalls 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.
“He affirms 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 believes that Otunba Kuforiji-Olubi will be remembered for redefining the place of womanhood in Nigeria’s development and inspiring others.

“President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will grant her eternal rest, and also comfort all her loved ones.”

Kuforiji-Olubi, had on October 20 paid what she called a thank you visit to Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

She was accompanied by one of his sons and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

She later told State House correspondents that she decided to visit the President to thank him for his contribution to what she is today.

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