.Also condoles with the Baptist on Imasogie
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has described the late former Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Princess Adenrele Adeniran-Ogunsanya as untiring champion of women empowerment, whose reputation as a courageous political leader, true patriot, great mobilizer, skillful organizer was well known.
Obasanjo in a condolence message late Tuesday, declared that he received with deep sorrow, the news of her passing stressing that “all of us, indeed, have been irretrievably deprived of a gem.”
The message made available to newsmen in Abeokuta by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi also extolled her virtue as a former Secretary to the Lagos State Government.
“She served Lagos State committedly, loyally and with distinction, notably as the Secretary to the Lagos State Government during the first term of Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, as the Governor of Lagos State between 2007 and 2011. Indeed, she left her mark indelibly in whatever she was called upon to do. She was a dutiful and hardworking fellow and gave her very best to the end in the service of Lagos State and her fatherland.”
Obasanjo added that: “Indeed, we should like to commiserate as well with the good people of Lagos State on her demise. Her enormous contributions to the State in particular earned her an eminent position in the State’s gallery of unforgettable public servants.
“It is also worthy of note that Princess Adenrele Adeniran-Ogunsanya was a highly respected traditional title-holder and community leader, particularly in Owu Kingdom, where she was conferred with the title of Omowonuade by the late Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Olusanya Dosunmu.
“Her reputation as a courageous political leader, true patriot, great mobilizer, skillful organizer and untiring champion of women empowerment was also well known. These qualities assured her of a foremost place in the ranks of great leaders among Nigerian womenfolk. She will long be remembered for her impeccable integrity and warm humanity.
In a related development, the former President has also condoled with the Nigerian Baptist Church family on the passing of Rev. (Prof.) Osadolor Imasogie, an academic, theologian, scholar, philosopher and a servant of God.
Obasanjo said he was “heart-broken about his passing,” adding, the late Imasogie, “was so kind to all in a very spiritual way. He was truly a very saintly Servant of God whose departure from this earth would, no doubt, create a big vacuum in Nigeria, particularly in the Nigerian Baptist Church.
He added that, his success for the growth of the Nigerian Baptist Convention during his stewardship as the President of the Convention which was so phenomenal was acknowledged. “Under his leadership as the first Nigerian President of the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso, the growth of the Seminary was also spectacular. His personality and appearance did not evoke anger or dislike no matter how you felt about him.
“He was a perfectionist to the core and he never deviated from the principle of ‘whatever you have to do, do it well’. He was a true conservative nationalist, a shepherd among shepherds with strict obedience to constituted authority. I remember vividly on my assumption of office as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1999, he was always praying fervently and providing spiritual assistance for the country as a whole and for my success as a leader.”