A former Minister of Finance, Dr Onaolapo Soleye, is dead.
He died on Wednesday at the age of 90 five days after marking his 90th birthday on Saturday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Soleye, a former commissioner for finance in Ogun State, died in the early hours of Wednesday at a Specialist Hospital in Ibara GRA, Abeokuta.
His death was confirmed by his family in a statement.
“With heavy hearts but with gratitude to God Almighty for a long, impactful and positively eventful life, the family announces the passing of Pa Dr Onaolapo Soleye, the father of our late brother, Maj Gen OO Soleye (rtd). He turned ninety years- old only last Saturday.
“Papa served the country and humanity in various capacities rising to the position of an Associate Professor in the University of Ibadan, Commissioner for Works in Ogun State and Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria amongst others.
“He was a true lover of God and humanity and this translated into his unwavering commitment to church activities as well as ready support and assistance to all who came across him, in any way that he could.
“The loss of Dr Soleye is surely not that of the Soleye family alone. It’s our father that has just passed and we must all prepare to be part of his rites of passage.
“Burial details will be announced by the family in due course. Until then, please pray for the repose of Papa’s soul and God’s comfort upon his family and other loved ones.
“The late minister is survived by his wife, Mrs. Modupe Womiloju Soleye, and four children – Olamide Soleye, Abimbola Fadimu, Oluwafunmilakin Soleye and Eyitayo Soleye – grandchildren and great grandchild.
He lost his first son, Major General Lola Soleye, earlier this year.
Soleye was a commissioner in the Old Western Region and a commissioner holding different portfolios such as Lands, trade, industry and commerce after the creation of Ogun State.
He served the regime of General Muhammadu Buhari in the 1980s .