Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere on Monday described the death of the Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Funmi Olayinka, as “a painful loss”.
The group, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, said with her death, the people of Ekiti and the Yoruba nation would greatly miss her.
The group, however, urged government at all levels to improve on the nation’s medical facilities in order to make accessible diagnostic facilities for early detection of cancer and its avoidable treatment.
It said, “Medical science has developed to a point where cancer does not necessarily have to be a death sentence for sufferers.”
Also, a Peoples Democratic Party stalwart in Ekiti State, Dr. Peter Obafemi, has condoled with Governor Kayode Fayemi over the death.
Obafemi, in a statement, on Monday, described the deputy governor as “a hardworking, intelligent and God fearing woman.”
He also commiserated with her immediate family and parents while praying God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss.
Former Governor Ayo Fayose, Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt Caleb Olubolade (retd) and a member of House of Representatives, Mr. Opeyemi Bamidele, also commiserated with the people of the state on the death.
Olubolade said she stood firm for excellence.
Fayose described her as an “illustrious, intelligent and humble, Ekiti daughter.”
Bamidele said Olayinka’s death would create a wide gap , especially among the rank and file of the Action Congress of Nigeria.
Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly. Mr. Razak Atunwa, said Olayinka’s death was a colossal loss.
Atunwa, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Alhaji Abdulrahman Sanni, said her demise was shocking and a big vacuum.
The Speaker described Olayinka as caring, trustworthy, transparent person and a grassroot mobiliser who worked relentlessly towards the emancipation of the women folk in the state.
He urged the government and people of the state to take solace in the fact that she lived a life worthy of emulation.