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On Thursday, the former Nigerian Minister of Information and Sports Manager, Alex Akinyele, was declared dead.

However, President Muhammadu Buhari has sent his condolence to the family of the ex-minister.

According to a statement by the President’s Spokesperson, Femi Adesina, Buhari sympathized with the friends and professional colleagues of the departed, as well as the government and people of Ondo State, urging them to hold on to the lasting legacy which the former minister laid.

Mr Buhari said Mr Akinyele’s scrupulousness, discipline and diligence were always obvious to those who worked closely with him, and his love for the nation, which was zealously demonstrated through providing exemplary leadership.

The president however prayed that the soul of the former minister he granted rest by the Almighty God and that the deceased’s family be comforted.

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubabakar, in a statement by his media office in Abuja on Friday, also lauded Mr Akinyele’s virtues.

Mr Akinyele was a senior of Mr Abubakar at the Nigeria Customs Service in the 1980s.

The opposition leader described Mr Akinyele as an astute public servant and iconic public relations guru who left indelible footprints in the Customs, Ministry of Information and National Sports Commission.

Mr Abubakar said Mr Akinyele was a great image-maker, respectable mentor, sports enthusiast and a statesman of note. He was a lover of tradition and culture, a man of the people and a generous philanthropist.

The country would greatly miss this extraordinary individual who raised the import of Public Relations into national front burner, he added.

Mr Abubakar expressed his condolences to Mr Akinyele’s family and the government and people of Ondo State, urging them to take solace in the stellar scorecard of their distinguished departed illustrious son.

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