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Uduaghan mourns Obasanjo’s ex-spokeswoman, Remi Oyo, dies at 61

A former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mrs. Remi Oyo, died on Wednesday in the United Kingdom, the deceased husband, Vincent Oyo, announced in a statement on Thursday.
She was aged 61.
“With gratitude to God for a life well spent, I regret to announce the death of my dear wife, Dame Felicia Oluwaremilekun Oyo. She died peacefully on Wednesday (October 1, 2014) in the United Kingdom where she was receiving treatment for a cancer-related ailment,” the statement read.
The deceased, made a Papal Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great on January 7, 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI, was a seasoned journalist and a former Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo between 2003 and 2007.

Oyo was also a former President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and a recipient of the Officer of the Order of the Niger.

Reacting to the news on Wednesday, the President of the NGE, Mr. Femi Adesina, said “Nigerian editors have lost a pillar.”

“She was a pillar to Nigerian journalism and the Guild. She transformed the Guild and will always be remembered,’’ Adesina added.

He said these were sad times for Nigerian editors, who had lost three key members in their ranks.

He said, “Within four weeks we have lost Dimgba Igwe, the Vice-Chairman of the Sun Group; we lost Mike Akpan, Editor-in-Chief of Realnews online magazine; and now Remi Oyo.

“It is a sad season for Nigerian journalism and editors; we pray God to spare us.’’

A former President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Mr. Bonnie Iwuoha, described Oyo’s death as a sad loss to the media industry.

Iwuoha described Oyo as a “core professional par excellence. She settled for nothing but the best and encouraged people to put in their best.’’

He said that the NGE was passing through turbulent times, considering the death of three key members, namely, Oyo, Igwe and Akpan.

Iwuoha prayed God to protect media professionals in the country and to grant the bereaved families fortitude to bear the losses.

The Publisher of Realnews, Ms Maureen Chigbo, described Oyo as “a good woman and a mother.

“She uplifted NAN when she held forte and she lived a good life. I pray God to grant her eternal rest.’’

The President of NUJ, Malam Mohammed Garba, described Oyo’s death as “shocking’’ and described her as a “very senior colleague and a veteran,’’ who was very active in the journalism profession.

Mohammed said Oyo “related very well with the media even when she was a Special Adviser on Media to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and as a President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors.

“She believed in professionalism and the ethics of the journalism profession.”

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