By Babajide Okeowo
All Progressives Congress, APC stalwart Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu and the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assemby, Mudashiru Obasa have expressed shock over the demise of Lagos first female Deputy Speaker, Adetoun Adediran.
They described as unfortunate, the death of Mrs. Adediran at a time Lagos and Nigeria needed her services in rallying women participation in politics.
In a statement issued from the Tinubu Media Office by Mr. Tunde Rahman, the duo commiserated with members of the deceased family and the ruling APC.
“We received the sad news of the death of Rt. Hon. Adetoun Adediran, the first female Deputy Speaker in the annals of Lagos State House of Assembly (1999 to 2003), with shock and sadness.
Coming when we are still savouring the euphoria of the New Year makes it particularly painful and devastating. It is saddening that Adetoun left when Lagos and Nigeria still required her patriotic zeal, commitment and diligence in galvanizing more female participation in political affairs and leadership.
Her death signifies a major depletion of the already-inadequate presence of women in politics. As the first Deputy Speaker of the state assembly, Hon. Adediran discharged her duties and responsibilities with passion, integrity, confidence and fidelity not only to the legislative work but also to the cause of Lagos and the common good.
As a notable party woman leader, she was a role model and mentor to many young women who because of her discovered and honed their passions for public service.
Her tenure as Chairman of the Lagos Building Investment Company cannot be forgotten because of her remarkable contributions to that organisation.
She was also a key member of Governing Councils for Lagos State-owned tertiary institutions. One of her lasting achievements was her resolute fight for female equity in politics, particularly in the Lagos Central Senatorial District.
Our deepest condolences to her husband, children, and immediate family members. They should take solace in the fact that their departed wife, mother, and sibling lived a life that positively impacted not just her immediate family and community, but also the people of Surulere, Lagos Central Senatorial District and Lagos State as a whole.
We pray that Almighty God grant her soul perfect rest and give all of us the fortitude to bear this painful exit of a shining star” the statement reads.
On his part, Obasa described the death of Adediran as shocking.
Obasa, in a tribute by his media office, described Adediran as a passionate woman, who wanted the best for her society.
“Hon. Adetoun Adediran is leaving behind fond memories of her roles as a lawmaker in the emergence of a more modern Lagos.”
“As a principal officer at the House, she was passionate and active, making sure her voice was heard among her colleagues who were mostly men.”
“It was this same passion for service that got her the position of Women Leader of the All-Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos. She also later became the Chairman of the Lagos State Building and Investment Company.”
“We mourn her demise as it came at a time her experience and wisdom were still desired for the progress of our state. We mourn because death has snatched one of our finest politicians.”
“While I pray that God grants her a peaceful rest, I also pray that He will strengthen those she left behind and give them the fortitude to bear this huge loss,” Obasa said.