Abuja - Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, representing Kwara Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly has expressed sadness over the death of Thomas Okoya, one of the country's most successful businessman.
The Lagos-based billionaire has passed on at the age of 79.
“ I am saddened to hear the news of the death of Lagos socialite and business mogul, whose business fortune and principles have impacted and inspired several Nigerians," said Saraki.
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He said over the decades, Okoya who had been a close friend of the Saraki family, made salient but concrete contributions to the society through his various businesses and investment scopes.
"He has contributed to the larger Nigerian economy by providing jobs for Nigerians and adding value to other social sectors through his businesses,” Saraki said.
He said Nigerians must embrace the commitment of Okoya towards society lifting by contributing their quota to national development.
The contributions of Okoya made him a household name in Nigeria, the senator said.
“Even though Okoya passed on at a crucial point in Nigeria history when his economic experience will be needed most. I believe his tenets and principles will be upheld for the lifting of our nation economically,” he said.
The lawmaker extend his condolences especially to the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Oba of Lagos and the people of Lagos state and the entire Okoya's family.
“I pray Almighty Allah to comfort his family and give them the strength to bear the irreplaceable loss.”