Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) top officials are leading the way in mourning the death of Dolphins Women’s Basketball Club of Lagos chairman, Wale Aboderin.
NBBF president, Musa AhmaduKidaled members of the board on a condolence visit to the late basketball buff’s family, after news of Aboderin’s demise filtered into town on Wednesday.
A condolence register has been opened at the NBBF secretariat at Lagos National Stadium, Surulere, after which Kida described Aboderin’s death as one that human minds cannot easily comprehend.
However, Kida further said, as a devoted Muslim, he will take solace in the fact that death is inevitable for every living soul.
He prayed that his soul will be granted eternal rest and the family, friends and business associates he left behind, the fortitude to bear the loss.
Kida added: “For a man who was so full of life and energy to just be reported dead will forever remain a mystery. His investment in basketball was unparalleled and the vacuum he left will be impossible to fill.
“I will urge us all to take solace in the supremacy of God over the affairs of mortals while we live here on earth. I am a bit lifted with the comments of people since he died which showed the exemplary life he lived.”
NBBF vice-president, BabatundeOgunade described the deceased as a true gentleman with a genuine passion for basketball and philanthropy.
“The news of Mr.GbadebowaleAboderin’s demise came as a very rude shock. He was one of the very few who stood up to be counted in the development of Basketball.
Ogunade, who took over from Aboderin as chairman of Lagos State Basketball Association, said the body and Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) in general will miss Aboderin’s boosts.
“He did at a great cost to himself. His unflinching interest and support for Female basketball was infectious. He was always willing to help.
“He was with the Female National team in Mali 2017,where we qualified for the World Cup in Spain,” Ogunade lamented.
Similarly, Col. Samuel Ahmedu (rtd), who represented the board on a visit to the family of the Punch Newspapers’ late chairman, expressed deep shock.
“Up Chair! You came, you lived, you touched lives but left unannounced. We cannot question God even though we are confused right now. But we take solace in the life you lived and the examples you showed to us. To live in the heart of those we love is not to die.”