Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has described the late Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi as an illustrious son of the state who served diligently till he breathed his last.
“As the chairman of the Osun State Football Association, he gave his best in the service of the state, galvanizing the youths and pushing for the development of sports, football in particular,” Governor Oyetola said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Adeniyi Adesina.
“I commiserate with the widow, children, family members, friends and the Nigerian sporting family, over this irreparable loss.
“Ogunjobi will be sorely missed. He gave his best as a club football player, national team player, and as an administrator, who rose to the pinnacle as Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
“His tenure as Osun State Football Association chairman brought tremendous development to football in this state. May his soul rest in peace,” Governor Oyetola said.
He enjoined the family to take solace in the fact that “he lived a life of service to God and humanity.”
Also, the Nigerian Football Federation has paid tribute to the former international defender, saying “Our prayers are with his family, relatives and the football family in Nigeria.”
The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung also described the news of the death of former NFF scribe as shocking.
Dalung in a statement signed by his media assistant Nneka Anibeze, he described the former Osun sate Football Association Chairman as a humble technocrat who dedicated his life to the administration of football in Nigeria.
“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 the loss.”