Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described the late Iyalode of Egbaland and Yorubaland, Chief Alaba Lawson, as a woman who lived a worthwhile life as well as being a generous personality.
Lawson died in the early hours of Saturday at her residence located in the Quarry area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
She was aged 72.
In a press release by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Saturday, Obasanjo said the late educationist and industrialist contributed immensely to the development of Nigeria in general.
Obasanjo, according to the statement said, “Iyalode Lawson lived a worthwhile life and she did well in life. I knew she had been down, but, I don’t know the cause.
“She was a fantastic human being and she was a nonsense person, hardworking and a very generous personality. I will miss her sorely,” Obasanjo was quoted as having said.
For her contributions to the economic growth of the country and community development, Chief Obasanjo as the country’s President in 2004, honoured the late Educationist and industrialist as Member of the Order of Federal Republic (MFR).
The late Lawson was the founder of the popular Alaba Lawson Group of Schools and has been assisting some indigent pupils on scholarships in the school.
After initial rejection by her late mother, she was eventually installed with the title of Iyalode of Egbaland on August 1999 and later became the Iyalode Yorubaland in August 2008.