The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has joined aggrieved citizens in expressing his deepest condolences concerning the untimely death of Nigeria's veteran sports journalist, Akinloye Oyebanji, who died at the age of 62.
On Saturday, at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the spokesperson for the Presidency, Femi Adesina, passed on the condolences issued by Muhammadu Buhari to Oyebanji's family, friends, and colleagues at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).
President Buhari stated that the late sportscaster was indeed a force in sports journalism and would be missed by his colleagues and Nigeria. He also prayed that Oyebanji’s soul finds eternal rest and that God would comfort all those that have mourned him.
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, was also among the many people who sent their condolences to the family of late Akinloye Oyebanji.
The sports journalist passed away on Saturday morning at the National Hospital in Abuja following a prolonged battle with heart failure. Late Oyebanji would be remembered for his extensive commitment to the sports community through the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), where he served for 35 years as a sportscaster and editor.
According to a family member, Bukoye Oyebanji, the late sportscaster who hailed from Kwara State had battled heart failure for four months. He initially lost his kidney in the process which was later transplanted successfully in India. Bukoye informed the media that the family had already spent millions to revive his health prior to his death.