President Goodluck Jonathan has extended his condolences to Professor Wole Soyinka and other members of the Soyinka family on the death of the Nobel laureate’s daughter, Iyetade at the age of 48.
According to the Vanguard newspapers, in the condolence message was signed by his Senior Special Assistant, SSA, Media, Dr. Rueben Abati, President Jonathan noted that Iyetade’s death at such a young age must be quite painful for Professor Soyinka and his family.
He also prayed that God Almighty will comfort Professor Soyinka and all others who mourn his late daughter.
The governors of Ogun and Osun states, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and Ogeni Rauf Aregbesola, also commiserated with the Nobel laureate yesterday, and his family on the death of his daughter, Dr. Iyetade Soyinka.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs. Funmi Wakama, described the death of Iyetade, the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun described Iyatade’s death as most unfortunate and regrettable.
“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,” Remarked Governor Amosun.
In extending his condolences to the mother, children and other family members of the deceased, Governor Amosun prayed to almighty God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
In his own condolence, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola described the death of Iyetade as untimely and sad.
The Osun State governor said it was a sad occurrence for the deceased to have left at her prime when she was most needed by his immediate and extended family as well as his state and country.
In a statement by Aregbesola’s Director of Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said there was nothing as painful for parents to lose their child and he asked the Nobel laureate to take the unfortunate incident as an act of God.