As painful as it sounds it has been reported that an ex-minister of the federation is dead at age 80.
Dr Olubi, the former ICAN president was the first female chairman of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) in 1984 and has good working relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari. As a matter of fact, she was appointed for such a prestigious post by Buhari when he served as a military Head of State.
To consolidate their working relationship, she recently paid President Buhari a visit in appreciation for all he has done for her career so far.
On that very august visit, she said these to the President, “Having turned 80, I looked at my life and made a list of those who contributed to what I have become in my life and the name of President Muhammadu Buhari came topmost on the list.
“This is why I am here to pay my respect and thank him,” she added.
Dr Olubi who graduated from the University of London was well spoken of by remarkable leaders in the country. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State yesterday expressed a great shock over her death.
His note described the Ex-minister as a distinguished businesswoman, banker, economist and accountant, who in the corporate world, made sure to cut her teeth.
Governor Ambode said:“Dr. Olubi was a woman of many firsts; she wrote her name in gold in the banking industry and was a pace-setter and leader in banking, manufacturing and entrepreneurship not only in Nigeria but also in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“It was not surprising that she was a proud and well-deserved recipient of National honours, fellowships, awards and honorary degrees from within and outside the country.’’
Governor Ambode concluded with these words: “On behalf of my family and the people of Lagos state, I want to express our heartfelt condolence to the family of Dr. Olubi, on this great and irreparable loss.“
“I had always admired her demeanor. She was a woman of true character, substance and quiet nobility. We will sorely miss her.”