Ajimobi, Amosun, Okowa, others extol Aboderin’s virtues
The governors of Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Delta and Bayelsa states, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, Rauf Aregbesola, Ifeanyi Okowa and Seriake Dickson, respectively have offered their condolences to the family, staff and management of Punch Nigeria Limited over the death of the company’s Chairman, Mr. Gbadebowale Aboderin.
A statement by the Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy to Ajimobi, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, said, “His simplicity and modest lifestyle despite sitting atop a multibillion-naira enterprise are exemplary and noteworthy. I was told that no employee enters his office with a frown without leaving with a smile.”
A statement issued on Friday by Akeredolu’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Segun Ajiboye, said he was shocked by the news of Aboderin’s death which he described as painful.
Amosun described him as “a versatile Nigerian, who excelled in all his endeavours,”adding that his“commitment to the development of basketball in Nigeria…is worthy of emulation”.
“The Ondo State governor salutes Aboderin’s managerial skills in running the family and the company handed over to him. So, Gbadebowale’s life and times is a beautiful example of how a cultured and well-trained African man should be,” Akeredolu said.
Aregbesola also described the death of Aboderin as shocking and sad.
Aregbesola, in a statement by his Media Adviser, Mr. Sola Fasure, in Osogbo on Friday, said that Aboderin died at a time he was most needed in the media and sporting sectors.
“The deceased was a nice, quite unassuming and easy-going gentleman when alive. His enthusiasm was infectious,” he said.
Okowa, in a condolence statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, said, “He (Wale) was a committed publisher and philanthropist whose commitment to the welfare of his staff truly distinguished Punch Newspaper as an industry leader and pacesetter. As we mourn his painful departure, I pray that God will bring solace to his family who will miss him the most and grant him eternal rest.”
Similarly, Bayelsa State government, in a statement by its Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, described the death of the media icon as sudden and unfortunate and asked God to comfort members of the Aboderin family.
It said, “The late Aboderin was a philanthropist, a promoter of sports and above all, a lover of humanity.”