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Osinbajo Reschedules Ondo Trip, Pays Tribute To Innocent Oparadike

Osinbajo extends heartfelt condolences to Innocent Oparadike family, Imo govt & people; rescheduled his visit to Ondo as tour of oil-producing areas

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has had to reschedule his visit to Ondo State today. 

The trip had been set-up in continuation of his tour of the oil-producing communities which earlier took the Acting President  to Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Imo States.

Prof. Osinbajo was already air-borne this morning when weather reports indicated dusty haze and very poor visibility at the Akure Airport and other alternative airports nearby.

The presidential jet therefore had to return to Abuja following which the weather condition was closely monitored until about 2:30pm, when it became abundantly clear that the situation would not change in time for the Acting President to achieve the purposes of the visit. 

The visit has therefore been  rescheduled for Monday, the 20th of February, 2017.

The Presidency has extended apologies to the State Governor, the Governor-elect, traditional rulers and the generality of the people of Ondo State who had been awaiting the Acting President’s visit.

OSINBAJO PAYS TRIBUTE TO INNOCENT OPARADIKE

In a separate development, Acting President Osinbajo extends heartfelt condolences to the Oparadike family, the government and people of Imo State on the death of Chief Innocent Oparadike, a former Commissioner for Information and Culture in Imo State.

This was contained in a State House press release issued by the Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande.

Prof Osinbajo also commiserates with the Nigerian Union of Journalists and the Nigerian Guild of Editors on the demise of their colleague and one of Nigeria’s brightest journalists and thinkers.

Acting President Osinbajo believes that the late Chief Oparadike, who had a very distinguished career as a journalist and administrator will be long remembered by his colleagues and admirers for his profound decency, boldness and uprightness.

The Acting President salutes Oparadike’s sterling leadership qualities, dedication and brilliance during very challenging times in our nation’s history, particularly as the Editor of the Federal Government-owned New Nigerian Newspaper; and later as Managing Director of the Daily Times.

As Chief Oparadike, Mpidike Mbaitolu, is laid to rest, the Acting President urges his associates in the media and the Anglican Communion where he served dutifully as Knight of Saint Christopher to honour his memory by upholding the virtues of hard work, discipline, philanthropy and justice to which he was devoted until his death.

He prays that the Lord will grant Chief Oparadike’s family the fortitude to bear the loss, and comfort all who mourn him.

 

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