Former Information Minister, Akinyele dies at 81


Alex Akinyele, a former minister of information and chairman of the Nigerian Sports Commission is dead.

His death was announced by his family.

The late Ondo chief died after a brief illness on Thursday night. He was 81 years old.

Akinyele was also a former president of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations.

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family of the former minister, praying for the repose of his soul.

”The President commiserates with the government and people of Ondo State, friends and professional colleagues of the departed, urging them to take solace in the lasting legacies of the former colorful minister, who also served as Chairman of National Sports Commission and Chairman of National Reconciliation Committee,” a statement issued by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, read.

”As a trained teacher and Public Relations Specialist, President Buhari affirms that Chief 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 prays that the Almighty God will grant the soul of the former minister eternal rest, and comfort all members of his family.”

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