President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday said he received with sadness, news of the death of one of Nigeria’s most prominent entrepreneurs, Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas.
According to reports, Okoya-Thomas, who was until his death the Chairman of CFAO Nigeria Limited – an industrial conglomerate engaged in the wholesale trade of automobiles, building materials, technical equipment, electrical equipment, and agricultural equipment – passed away on Monday at the age of 79. The cause of his death has not yet been made public.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, President Jonathan extended condolences to members of the deceased’s family as well as his friends, associates, business partners within and outside Nigeria, and the people of Lagos where he held the traditional title of Asoju-Oba.
The statement read, “The President shares their pain and sorrow as they mourn the late Chief Okoya-Thomas who was also honoured in his lifetime with the traditional titles of Odofin of Ile- Ife and Bobasuwa of Ijebu-Remo.
“President Jonathan urges members of the Okoya-Thomas family and all others who mourn the very successful businessman to be comforted by the knowledge that he lived a very worthy and fulfilled life, and left a legacy of great entrepreneurial achievements for his successors to build on.
“The President believes that Chief Okoya-Thomas will also be long remembered and honoured as a very generous philanthropist and sports enthusiast who established the popular Asoju-Oba Table Tennis Championships.
“President Jonathan prays that God Almighty will grant Chief Okoya-Thomas’ soul peaceful and eternal rest”.