A Nigerian veteran Sports journalist and retired Director of Nigerian Television Authority, Akinloye Oyebanji is dead.
His family confirmed to News Agency of Nigeria, that Mr Oyebanji passed on Saturday morning at the National Hospital, Abuja, after a protracted battle with heart failure.
His family member disclosed that Mr Oyebanji had been ill for almost four months, and they had spent millions of naira to save his life.
Mr Oyebanji served the NTA for 35 years in different capacities, including being a sports broadcaster, and later as General Manager for sports.
He retired as Managing Director of NTA Properties in Abuja. Mr Oyebanji, who hailed from Kwara, is survived by four children and a wife.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sorrow at the passage of veteran sports journalist.
According to a statement by the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday, the President condoled with Oyebanji’s family, friends and colleagues, particularly at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).
The president noted that the late Oyebanji had worked for 35 years at the NTA, making his mark as a sportscaster.
President Buhari also recalled that the deceased was very good at his art, and would be sorely missed by the sporting community.
He prayed that Oyebanji’s soul finds eternal rest and that God would comfort all those that mourned him.