President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken concerning the death of high life music legend, Victor Olaiya.
Abimbola passed away after a brief illness at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) on Wednesday afternoon at the age of 89.
Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesperson, on Thursday, said President Buhari “condoles with the family, friends and all lovers of vintage highlife music as played by Dr Victor Abimbola Olaiya, who passed on at 89.”
The President noted that the highlife maestro, known for his mastery of the trumpet, brought joy and delight to people across generations, with his songs which were both entertaining and didactic.
“His place in history is guaranteed.
“He sang, not just for the entertainment value, but also taught critical lessons on life, good neighbourliness, and national cohesion.
“He will be sorely missed,” Buhari said.
The President urged the younger generation of musicians to emulate Oliaya, so that their songs can also remain evergreen, and outlive them. He added that the deceased’ works transcended Nigeria, the coast and indeed the African continent.