Former Finance Minister Dr Onaolapo Soleye Dies At 90


CKNNews reports that former Minister of Finance Dr Onaolapo Soleye is dead

He died early Wednesday at the ripe age of 90

Dr Soleye celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday 11th November 2023

This is a statement issued by his family 

"With heavy hearts but with gratitude to God Almighty for a long, impactful and positively eventful life, the family announce the passing of Pa Dr Onaolapo Soleye, the father of our late brother, Maj Gen OO Soleye (rtd). He turned ninety years 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 anyway 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.

May the soul of Dr Onaolapo Soleye rest in peace. Amen 🙏🏾"

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. WMS Soleye, his four out of five children (He lost Brigadier General Lola Soleye earlier this year in February),  grandchildren and great grandchild.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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