BY ABAYOMI JOHNSON
The Nigerian sports fraternity has been left mourning following the sudden demise of renowned sports broadcaster and former Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Deji Timubu.
Tinubu, a former Executive Board member of Nigeria Football Federation, slumped and died while playing five-a-side match with members of the Lagos State government Executive Council and permanent secretaries at a resort in Epe on Thursday 25 January.
Notable names in the country’s sports industry took to social media to eulogise the deceased and commiserate with his family members, friends and loved ones, as well as the Lagos State Government which in October named him the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry.
Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Solomon Dalung in a release by his Special Adviser Media, Nneka Anibeze, described the death as too shocking and sudden to be true.
He described the late Chief Executive Officer of SportsVision Media as a progressive Nigerian who realized and pursued the dream of a greater and better Nigeria through sports development.
“We have interacted so well over the last couple of months since the Lagos state government through him then as the Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission and Special Adviser to his Excellency on Sports, muted the idea of renovating the National Stadium in Lagos.
“His level of intelligence and calmness in the face of challenges was excellent. Working closely with him over the last one year on the proposed Lagos National Stadium project, reinforced my belief that with the help of bright young Nigerians who are in abundant supply home and abroad, the country would be great again”, Dalung said.
“He was a complete gentleman who was humble to a fault. He was one of those few journalists who blazed the trail in their chosen careers and metamorphosed into sports administration when he became the Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association and was elected as an Executive Board member of the Nigeria Football Federation.
“I don’t think any word will aptly describe the way I feel right now or be able to soothe this deep wound that has been inflicted on us all. But we will continue to console ourselves with the fact that death is inevitable and it is the price all of us must pay for being human.”
Nigeria Football Federation expressed its shock in a tweeted thus: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of former Executive Committee member of the NFF, Mr. Deji Tinubu following his sudden demise last night. We are still in shock as we pray for the repose of his soul. #RIPDejiTinubu”
Germany-based Nigeria’s female table tennis sensation Olufunke Oshonaike also expressed her thoughts on the social media platform.
“Somebody should just tell me now that I just had a nightmare !!!! How can my bestfriend, my brother go like this without saying goodbye?! You’ve known me all my life but I’ve only been close to you for six months but the best six month of my life it’s !!! I’m hurting so badly!! My heart is broken again!!! You told me to live and be happy but you Left!!!! My heart goes to Iyalode, your 2 Ogas and your wife!!! This is too much for me to bear oooo!!! Somebody should please wake up MyDT oooo,” she stated.
Fiery Sport critic and former Chairman Gombe State Football Association, Gara Gombe Ahmed Shuaibu wrote from Casablanca, Morocco ·
“Can someone advise NFA to request at Pre Match Meeting in TANGIER for CHAN EAGLES to Wear Black Arm Band for the LATE BOARD MEMBER?and also for observance of a minute silence During their Quater Finals Match here in MOROCCO? PATRICK PASCAL. M.O.N Over to you Please.”