Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Sunday commiserated with Governor Kayode Fayemi on the death of his deputy, Mrs. Funmi Olayinka.
Soyinka, who sent the condolence letter to Fayemi through email from Cape Town, South Africa, described Olayinka’s death as a great loss to the bereaved family, Fayemi’s administration and the people of the state.
The letter read, “I met your late deputy Funmi Olayinka, only a few times, but was instantly struck by her unassuming grace, intelligence and political commitment.
“Her departure will be felt as a great loss to your administration, to the people of Ekiti State, but most especially to her family, to whom I request that you be so kind as to convey my message of fortitude in the face of this grievous bereavement.”
Chairman of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties in Ekiti State, Mr. Tunji Ogunlola, described the death of the deputy governor as a great loss to the state and womenfolk.
Senator Babafemi Ojudu, in a statement, said he was sad beyond words at the death of a woman he considered his blood sister.
In a statement by his media aide, Mr. Dimeji Daniels, Ojudu said he was devastated, having hoped and prayed for her victory over cancer.
Former Governor Segun Oni, in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Lere Olayinka, said the deputy governor would be missed.
Former Abia State Governor Uzor Kalu, in a statement on Sunday by his Special Adviser, Oyekunle Oyewumi, said by Olayinka’s death, Ekiti State had lost a great champion of development, accountability and fighter for justice and equity.
Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, in a letter of condolence to the Government of Ekiti State, said the late Olayinka was a loyal and committed partner of the Ekiti governor for the betterment of the state.