President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed his sadness over the passing of Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas via a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.
The statement reads: “The President shares their pain and sorrow as family, friends, associates, business partners and the people of Lagos mourn the late Chief Okoya-Thomas who was also honoured in his lifetime with the traditional titles of Odofin of Ile- Ife and Bobasuwa of Ijebu-Remo. The President urges members of the Okoya-Thomas family and all others who mourn the very successful businessman to be comforted by the knowledge that he lived a very worthy and fulfilled life, and left a legacy of great entrepreneurial achievements for his successors to build on.”
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar in a statement from his media Office in Abuja said: “Although the late Molade Okoya-Thomas left the stage at a prime age of 79, his death nonetheless is a huge blow. His legacies will remain indelible in corporate Nigeria and I pray God will grant his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss.”
Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola in a letter to the widow, Mrs. Olivia Abosede Okoya-Thomas said: “It is with great sorrow that my family and I heard of the passing of your husband, Lagos State was indeed lucky to be the home of the Late Chief Okoya-Thomas because the state felt his impact in various sectors, especially in education, where he was Chancellor of the State University. He was always blunt when dishing out his sage advice but I knew it was because he genuinely cared about the welfare and progress of the state and its people.”
Senator Gbenga Ashafa in his condolence message said that “Chief Okoya was an essential of benevolence, notable business man, sports lover and a philanthropist of great repute.”