It is with a heavy heart that I mourn the passing of Dr. Onaolapo Soleye, a remarkable man whose unwavering dedication to acts of kindness and good deeds impacted a lot of people.
I bear true testimony to the facts about Dr. Soleye as a great leader, a mentor, and a man of impeccable principles who inspired countless individuals. As an alumnus of the Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta, he was a great inspiration and mentor to many of us.
As a former Commissioner for Finance in Ogun State and later as Minister for Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Soleye distinguished himself as a prudent financial manager and acquitted himself as a first-class economic administrator in the application of Nigeria’s resources. His commitment to a better Nigeria was unwavering.
The passing of Dr. Soleye is a personal loss to me because I share very deep relationships with him as a younger friend and confidant. I benefited immensely from his several unconditional supports during trying times.
My deepest condolences to members of his family: the Olowu of Owu Kingdom, Oba Matemilola; His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR, former President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (who is also Dr. Soleye’s bosson friend); sons and daughters of Owu Kingdom and Egbaland in general, at these painful and trying times, as I am consoled by the legacy of good deeds and forthrightness that Dr. Soleye left behind.
His Exc, The Senator Otunba Engr. Gbenga Daniel, FNSE, FAEng
The Aare Ajibosin of Owu Kingdom