- Bala Ka’oje died on Tuesday Morning, January 19, and has been buried in Abuja
- The former sports minister and chairman National Sports Commission died at the age of 60
- Sunday Dare as well as the NFF have stated that Ka’oje’s death is a big loss to the nation
The Nigerian Football Federation has announced that the sporting fraternity has been thrown into grief once again over the death former minister and chairman of the National Sports Commission Bala Bawa Ka’oje.
He was 60 years of age as the NFF expressed its shock and sadness at the passing of the former minister.
NFF general secretary Mohammed Sanusi described the deceased as a dignified and unassuming public servant who showed great passion and interest in the development and improvement of Nigeria sports.
The statement reads in part
“Quietly intelligent, diligent and a man of high integrity, Ka’oje is on record to have conveyed to then NFA (for onward conveyance to world football –governing body, FIFA) in February 2007, the abrogation of Decree 101 hitherto governing the administration of football in Nigeria, and government’s recognition of the approval by then NFA’s Annual General Meeting of the Statutes and its standing orders as the sole regulatory instrument for football administration in Nigeria.
Ka’oje who was born in Kebbi state on September 20, 1960 earned his master’s degree from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Current sports minister Sunday Dare said Ka’oje’s death is a big loss to the Nigerian sporting community. He tweeted:
“I received with sadness the news of the death of Nigeria’s former Sports Minister/Chairman, National Sports Commission, Honourable Bala Bawa Ka’oje.
“It is a big loss to the sporting community. He will be remembered for his contributions to Sports devpt. My prayers are with the family.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that in what will shock many Nigerians and leave others wondering about the ephemerality of life, Ali Namadi has reportedly died of an undisclosed illness.
Before his death, he was the local government chairman-elect of Bebeji local government area of Kano state.
He died two days after he was declared the winner of the last local government election on Saturday, January 16.
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