The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has described the news of the death of Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Secretary General, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi as shocking.
The sad news was announced by late Chief Ogunjobi’s Personal Assistant, Tunde Shamsudeen on Monday February 11, 2019.
Reports said he died at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
Dalung, in a statement, described the former Osun sate Football Association Chairman as a humble technocrat who dedicated his life to the administration of football in Nigeria.
“I’m shocked to hear of Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi’s death. I saw him last year prior to the NFF elections. He came to personally inform me of his intent to contest the NFF presidential elections.
“He was a seasoned administrator and had contributed immensely to the development of football in Nigeria especially in his home state Osun.
“I commiserate with his immediate family members, the Osun State football Association and other football stakeholders who knew or worked with him. He has left an indelible mark and a vacuum in football administration in the country. May God grant his soul eternal rest and his family, the fortitude to bear this loss”.
The Osun state Chairman was last seen at the Oshogbo Township Stadium on Wednesday during a Week 7 NPFL Southwest derby between Remo Stars and MFM FC.
He was a Special Assistant to former Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Football matters.
Chief Ogunjobi served as Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation from 1996 to 2010 and captained the former IICC Shooting Stars in the late 1970s, winning two continental championships.
The Nigerian Football Federation also confirmed the death on its twitter handle.
It said: ”We are sad to announce the shock demise of former Nigeria Int’l, Ex-NFF Gen. Sec., former NFF Executive Committee member, and current chairman, Osun State FA, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi after a brief illness. Our prayers are with his family, relatives and the football family in Nigeria.”