The death of Rt. Hon. Adetoun Adediran, the first female Deputy Speaker in the history of the Lagos State House of Assembly, has shocked and saddened Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu (1999 to 2003).

According to the Tinubus, the news of Adeniran’s death comes at a particularly painful and devastating time, as we are still basking in the euphoria of the New Year.

“It’s unfortunate that Adetoun left when Lagos and Nigeria still needed her patriotic zeal, commitment, and diligence to encourage more female participation in politics and leadership. Her death represents a significant reduction in the already insufficient number of women in politics. They said in a statement yesterday that “as the first Deputy Speaker of the state assembly, Hon. Adediran discharged her duties and responsibilities with passion, integrity, confidence, and fidelity not only to the legislative work but also to the cause of Lagos and the common good.”

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According to them, as a prominent female party leader, she served as a role model and mentor to many young women who discovered and honed their passions for public service as a result of her.

Her time as Chairman of the Lagos Building Investment Company will be remembered for her outstanding contributions to the company. She was also a key member of the Lagos State-owned tertiary institutions’ governing councils. Her tenacious fight for female equality in politics, particularly in the Lagos Central Senatorial District, is one of her lasting achievements.

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We send our heartfelt condolences to her husband, children, and other members of her immediate family. They should be comforted by the fact that their departed wife, mother, and a sibling lived a life that benefited not only her immediate family and community, but also the people of Surulere, the Lagos Central Senatorial District, and the state of Lagos as a whole. “We pray to Almighty God to grant her soul perfect rest and to give all of us the strength to bear the pain of a shining star’s passing,” they said.

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