As former Chairman of the defunct National Sports Commission, NSC, Late Chief Alex Akinyele will be buried today in his country home, the minister of Sports and Youth development, Sunday Dare has called for immortalization of athletes and administrators who made immense contributions to sports development in Nigeria.
Explaining the reason behind a powerful delegation that is Ondo State to pay their last respect for Akinyele, the minister said “beyond graveside oration, President Mohammadu Buhari is irrevocably committed to honouring sports men and women, coaches and administrators who have contributed to Sports”.
The Minister who has mobilized men and resources to ensure a befitting final rites of passage for the Ondo High said appreciation for the country’s fallen heroes must go beyond mere rhetorical statements and empty promises.
“We must learn to honour athletes, coaches and administrators that committed their lives to the service of the nation. Chief Akinyele was an epitome of service and patriotism.
“He exemplified what genuine service to the country meant. His personal charm was infectious and hard work quite motivational. He tried to use his position to impact on the society. He was simply a true Nigerian hero”
“So many heroes have died unheralded and in penury. We must celebrate our athletes and administrators while they are alive.”
Dare also affirmed that Akinyele led an exemplary life worthy of emulation adding that he was a man who abhorred failure, set his goals and ensured that they were accomplished.
Born on April 24th 1938 in Ondo town,Chief Akinyele was educated at the University of Ife. He died on November 15th 2019.
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