President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of the Chairman of Punch Newspapers Nigeria limited, Mr Gbadebowale Aboderin, who passed away at the age of 60.
The President’s condolence message is contained in a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Thursday.
President Buhari equally commiserated with all members of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), the media and sports industry in the country on the death of the respected entrepreneur and philanthropist.
The President believed that Aboderin, who was greatly admired by his peers in the media and sports industry, would be long remembered for his resourcefulness, managerial proficiency and invaluable contributions to the growth of these sectors.
The President prayed that almighty God would comfort all who mourned him and grant his soul eternal rest.
President of the Senate Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has also expressed grief over the demise of Mr. Wayne Aboderin.
Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described the late Aboderin, as a philanthropist, sports lover and businessman who left indelible footprints on the sands of time.
He noted that the deceased lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation and contributed immensely to national development through the media, youth and sports development, among others.
He commiserated with the immediate family – his wife and two daughters, the Punch Group of Newspapers, the media industry, sports enthusiasts and his loved ones, over the colossal loss.
“It is indeed painful that he left us at a time his rich experience is needed to move the country forward,” Saraki said.
“My heart goes out to his wife, Titilayo, his two daughters, the Punch Newspaper Group, the media industry in Nigeria and the government and people of Oyo and Lagos States on the sad incident.”
He prayed God to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest and his loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss.
In his message of condolence, national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubunsaid he was was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Aboderin.
“We lost Wale at a rather young age when we still needed him to continue to be with us. At 60, he still had a lot to offer us but within those three scores though, he made appreciable impact and touched and changed lives,” he said.
In a statement by Tunde Rahman, Head of his Media Office, Asiwaju Tinubu said that “As Chairman of Punch, taking over from his uncle, the actuary, Chief Ajibola Ogunshola, Wale continued to maintain and sustain the excellent journalism Punch is noted for, ensuring that the newspaper remains where it should be.
“Though he trained as a pilot, he was also a sports enthusiast. He particularly loved basketball to the point that he floated Dolphins Female Basketball Foundation. He was at one time the Chairman of our Basketball Association in Lagos.
“His death is a huge loss to the Aboderin family, both immediate and extended. The media and sports worlds, which he traversed and impacted positively, have also lost an outstanding partner.
“My deep sympathy and condolences to his wife and two children. I mourn with the Aboderin family, the Punch Newspaper, the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria and the media generally. I hope and pray that God grants his family, the strength to carry on and continue with those legacies he lived for,” Asiwaju Tinubu stressed.
Late Aboderin died on Wednesday, May 30, at 6.05a.m after a heart surgery at the First Cardiology Consultants, Ikoyi, Lagos.