Former Governor of Abia State and Publisher of The Sun and New Telegraph newspapers, Dr. Orji Kalu, has described Mrs. Remi Oyo as an epitome of journalistic excellence whose death is not only a big blow to the media profession but the nation at large.
He recalled her quintessential roles as the SSA (Media) to former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and subsequently as the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from where she retired after a glorious tenure.
The former governor noted that Mrs. Oyo was a reference and rallying point to many in the society most especially the womenfolk, who saw her as a role model.
In a condolence message signed by his Special Adviser, Oyekunle Oyewumi, Kalu said, “It is with heavy heart that I received the shocking news of the demise of Mrs. Remi Oyo. She was a true believer in a just and fair society, which she upheld in different capacities in the private and public spheres of life’’
He added, “She contributed immensely to journalism especially while she held sway as president, Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE). Mrs. Remi Oyo’s memory will linger forever in the minds of media professionals who are inspired by her fair and objecting reporting”,
Kalu, who noted that though she died at the time her wealth of experience was still very much needed in the society, urged the family of the deceased especially her husband to take solace in the fact that she lived an exemplary life.
The former governor, while commiserating with the NGE, journalists and stakeholders in the media industry, prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.