Dapo Abiodun, the Governor of Ogun State, has described the death of the Iyalode of Yorubaland, Chief (Mrs) Alaba Lawson, as shocking, saying it is a vital loss to the Yoruba nation and country at large.
Abiodun said he received the news of Lawson’s death with great shock, but he took solace in the fact that she left huge landmarks across a broad spectrum of the Nigerian landscape and would be remembered for being a blessing to thousands of Nigerians who crossed paths with her.
The Governor added that as an epitome of excellence, the late Iyalode represented the best of Nigerian womanhood and was a model to generations of women.
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In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Lekan Adeniran, on Saturday, Abiodun said: “The passing of Chief (Mrs) Alaba Lawson is without doubt a shocking development, but we are consoled by her sterling record of service to humanity and unblemished contributions to the development of Ogun State.
“Lawson was an exemplar of the popular Yoruba dictum of one born into nobility but who goes on to achieve self-rebirth, showcasing the timeless Omoluabi qualities that the Yoruba hold so dear.
“She will be sorely missed.”
Abiodun commiserated with the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, and his chiefs, the Lawson family and the nation in general on her demise and prayed that God grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.