Former Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has expressed his condolences following the death of Dr Onaolapo Soleye, who served as the Minister of Finance during Buhari’s tenure as Military Head of State from 1983 to 1985, News About Nigeria reports.
In a statement released by Garba Shehu, the former President’s media aide, Buhari described Soleye as a remarkable gentleman and a highly skilled professional in the field of finance.
The message extended to Soleye’s family, the government, and the people of Ogun State, where the deceased hailed from.
Buhari acknowledged Soleye’s pivotal role during the corrective administration of that period, citing his rich administrative and financial experiences as contributing to the achievements recorded at the time.
The former President commended Soleye’s diligence, intellect, and warm personality, expressing condolences to those left behind and wishing them the fortitude to bear the loss.
Dr Onaolapo Soleye, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, passed away on Wednesday. His death has elicited sorrow and tributes from various quarters.
Gbenga Daniel, former Ogun State Governor and current Senator representing Ogun East, mourned Soleye’s demise, hailing him as a great leader, mentor, and man of impeccable principles.
Soleye, an alumnus of the Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, had previously served as the Commissioner for Finance in Ogun State before becoming the Minister for Finance at the federal level.
Senator Daniel emphasised Soleye’s distinction as a prudent financial manager and a first-class economic administrator.
He expressed personal sorrow over the loss, citing the deceased’s unwavering commitment to a better Nigeria.
The statement concluded with heartfelt condolences to Soleye’s family, the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and the entire Owu Kingdom and Egbaland community.