Nigeria’s sports minister, Sunday Dare has joined others in condoling with the family of one of his predecessors in office, Chief Alex Akinyele who passed on on Thursday night.
In a press release, the minister remarked: “It is with great mixed feelings that I received the news of the death of the pioneer Executive Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Chief Alex Akinyele.
“Oh what a loss to the family and the country at large. The nation is deeply touched and saddened at the demise of a committed patriot who served his fatherland faithfully and meritoriously at the federal level, as Honourable Minister of Information and Executive Chairman, National Sports Commission.
“The late Chief Alex Akinyele in his hey days etched his name in the historic annals of our country. He was an epitome of selflessness in public service. He was a committed public servant who gave his all to advance the cause of growth and development of his fatherland, especially in the sporting sector.
“The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development sincerely regrets his irreplaceable loss, as we condole with the family and the country. Please accept the deepest condolences of the Ministry.”