Eniola Bello, The Managing Director, ThisDay Newspaper has confirmed the death of his wife, after a three years battle with breast cancer.
In a statement he signed: “With deep pains yet thanksgiving to God, this is to formally announce the eternal transition of my friend, companion, critic, lover and wife of 23 years, Mrs Helen Olufunke Eniola-Olaitan (nee Alemeru), who died June 4, 2019 at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom after a three-year titanic battle with breast cancer”.
“A loving wife, committed friend, devoted mother, generous giver, passionate mobiliser and humble soul, the deceased who graduated in Business Administration at Kwara State Polytechnic and Management at Lagos State University was a banker, businesswoman, and distance-learning tutor with The Skills Network, UK” the statement read.
President Buhari has also commiserated with the family of the deceased urging the family and loved ones to find solace in God and the seeds of goodness and charity sown in many lives by Bello’s wife, believing she lived and stood for virtues that will continue to resonate.
Eniola-Olaitan, 50, was married to Bello for 23 years. She left her husband, four children, her mother and siblings behind.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President Bukola Saraki have commiserated with the Managing Director of ThisDay, Mr Eniola Bello (fondly called Eni B), on the death of his wife, Helen, on Tuesday in London.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the President joined family, friends and professional colleagues of the columnist in mourning Helen, whose motherly love and kindness will be sorely missed by everyone.
President Buhari urged family and loved ones to find solace in God and the seeds of goodness and charity sown in many lives by Bello’s wife, believing she lived and stood for virtues that will continue to resonate.
The President prayed that the Almighty God will grant Helen’s soul eternal rest, and comfort her family.
In a statement in Abuja, the nation’s capital, by his Special Adviser (SA) on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President described the untimely passage of Mrs. Eniola-Bello as a very painful loss.
He said: “Mrs. Eniola-Bello was a dutiful mother and a pillar of support to her husband. Her humility and selflessness endeared her to all. I am deeply saddened that we lost her to illness so soon. We shall all miss her.”
Saraki condoled with Eni B, his immediate family, the ThisDay Group and the Nigerian media over the irreparable loss.
He urged Eni B to take solace in the fact that God has a reason for everything, this unexplainable circumstance, notwithstanding.
“God gives and God takes. We cannot query God,” he said.
The Senate President prayed God to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest and her family and loved ones the fortitude to bear the painful loss.