The Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday expressed sadness over the death former Super Eagles captain and coach, Stephen Keshi, and described the incident as a tragic loss to the nation.
In a statement, Mr. Osinbajo said the late footballer’s rich legacy would continue to live in the hearts of Nigerians.
“His personal triumphs and pursuits as a world-class professional footballer inspired many young talented sportsmen and women around Africa to strive for excellence.
“His great work with our youth and senior national teams unified our country and brought joy to many compatriots.
“His feats within and outside the country are a rich legacy which will continue to live on in our hearts,’’ the vice president said.
He said as captain and coach of the national football team, Keshi’s service, dedication and achievements remained a great testament to the value of hard work.
The vice-president, on behalf of the people and Government of Nigeria, commiserated with the family of Keshi.
He said the thoughts of Nigerians “are with his children at this time of sadness, especially so soon after the loss of their mother.
“We send our deepest condolences to them and also to the countless friends he made in a lifetime of service.
“We pray that God grants the family the fortitude to bear the loss.’’
President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, described Keshi’s death as a monumental loss to country and the sports industry.
Mrs. Buhari said this in a statement issued by her Director of Media, Zakariyau Nadabo, on Wednesday in Abuja.
“My deepest condolences to the family of Keshi, a sports hero and former coach to Super Eagles, whose death is a great loss to the entire federation.’’
She said in the statement that the news of Keshi’s death came to her as a shock, describing him as a pride to the country
She further said the deceased would be remembered for his various contributions to the development of sports in the country.
The statement prayed Almighty God to grant the Delta Government as well as the people of the state and the family the fortitude to bear the loss. (NAN)
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