Tinubu says Punch columnist’s death ‘shocking’

Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, has described the death of political scientist and columnist Prof. Ayo Olukotun as “sad and shocking”.

He said this in a statement issued by Tunde Rahman, Tinubu’s media aide.

Rahman quoted Tinubu as saying, “The news of the passing, Wednesday, of erudite scholar and fine columnist, Prof. Ayo Olukotun, is shocking and saddening. Coming at the start of the New Year, it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Prof. Olukotun made invaluable contributions to public discourse and helped shape public opinion and policy through his regular interventions via his newspaper columns.

“His deep, incisive and penetrating columns won him plaudits. Prof. Olukotun was a friend I first encountered as a writer and journalist before becoming a university don. His writings initially at the Daily Times, Guardian and in later days on the Back Page of The Punch every Friday was a go-to for me.

“On those pages, he not only gave constructive dissection of public policies, issues and developments but also offered ideas that can engender redemption.

“I commiserate with his family and pray that God Almighty comforts them over this unfortunate passing. I mourn with his colleagues in the academia and media profession. This death rankles all of us.

“My condolences must also go to Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun and the people of the state and of course to the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona for the late scholar was the Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona Professorial Chair in Governance, Department of Political Science, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun state.”

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