Minister, Sports Editors, Kida, Others Mourn Jide Fashikun

…Burial For Wednesday, January 30

The Guild of Sports Editors has described Jide Fashikun’s demise as a huge blow to the country’s quest for sports development, as well as the push for a new Nigeria.

Also, Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung has described his death as unbelievable

in a release from the Ministry laden with emotions.

The same tone was what was used by Nigeria Basketball Federation President, Musa Kida in a mournful tribute to the fallen journalist.

On his part, Athletics Federation of Nigeria President, Shehu Gusau, said in a release that Fashikun will be greatly missed by entire sporting because of his stickler for truth, objectivity and investigative journalism.

Family sources have already revealed that the late prolific journalist and multi-talented athelet will be buried on Wednesday, January 30 in his home town, Obbo-Ajegunle in Kwara State. It will be a solemn occasion as his 76-year mother is still alive and has been shattered by the news of her son’s passage.

Fashikun, who passed on at the Federal Medical Centre Jabi, Airport Road Abuja yesterday, was said to have been battling the effects of stroke he suffered two weeks ago.

Reacting to the death of the investigative reporter, Guild of Sports Editors’ President, Tony Ubani said Fashikun’s demise could not have come at a worse period in Nigeria’s sports development.

“Fashikun was devoted to the development of Nigeria’s sports industry of which he gave his all, as a handballer, an athlete and a journalist.

“Although many people did not like his methods, Fashikun was unrelenting in his quest for a better Nigeria, a disposition which often brought him at loggerheads with the establishment,” Ubani said.

Lamenting that Nigerian youths, especially budding athletes, have lost a great champion of their cause, Ubani said, “Fashikun teamed up with former African queen of tracks, Mary Onyali, to create a foundation which main objective is to groom and support young athletes to achieve their potential.

“They traversed the length and breadth of Nigeria raising funds which they used to help athletes train and build their careers to the best of their abilities. This is a huge loss to Nigeria.

“His dream was to create gold medallists for Nigeria after so many years of failure at the Olympic Games. Now he is no more. May his soul rest in peace.”

Fashikun was a former national handballer and athlete, who veered into sports journalism on retirement.

A former chairman of the Kwara State Chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Fashikun was also the Sports Editor of the Herald newspaper, Managing Editor of Gong News, a senior Sports Correspondent at ThisDay newspapers and a former lecturer at Kwara Polytechnic.

He was aged 54.

Dalung has expressed deep shock at the death of one of Nigeria’s foremost investigative reporter Olajide Fashikun, who died early Sunday 27th January 2019 at the Federal Medical Center Jabi, Airport Road Abuja.

The Minister of Youth and Sports lamented the death, describing the loss as colossal to Journalism and the Sports industry. “It is a very sad day for sports journalists and athletes in the country.

“Jide created a platform to support athletes and stimulate performance through his mobilization of training funds to assist athletes. This made us look forward to a better podium performance in the years ahead. Today, the curtains have been drawn on that project.” Barrister Dalung paid glowing tribute to the publisher of Gong News who excelled not only in sports reportage but also politics and investigative writing.

The NBBF is saddened by the sudden demise of one of the foremost investigative sports journalists in Nigeria, Olajide Fashikun.

NBBF President, Engr Musa Kida said the circumstances surrounding his death in the early hours of Sunday, 27th of January at the Federal Medical Center in Abuja after a brief illness has left many people in shock.

Kida on behalf of the entire Nigerian Basketball stakeholders said Fashikun’s death was a very tragic way to start 2019 as he prayed to God to grant his soul perfect peace.

“We join millions of Nigerians in sympathizing with the family he left behind. This is really sad and we are devastated by his death.”

Kida opined that with death being an inevitable end to mankind, it is imperative that we strive to be upright and impact our environment and leave a mark on the sands of time.

“Fasikun is dead, but what he stood for and those lives he touched while he was with us will continue to bear testimonies about his good works.”

Fashikun who died at the age of 54 was a one-time Chairman of the Kwara State Chapter of Sports

Similarly, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria with heavy heart expressed deep shock over the death of a core stakeholder in Nigerian sport, Olajide Fashikun who always looking forward to the development of sports in Nigeria.

Jide died in the early hours of Sunday, 27/01/2019. On behalf of the entire AFN fraternity, we commiserate with the, friends, Nigerian athletes and the entire stakeholders in sports, our beloved Jide and asked God for the fortitude to bear the lose. Until his death, he was the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Sports Development Funds Inc. ( NSDFI). Jide has a vision 2020 Olympics in Japan to ensure that Nigerian athletes will be at their best ever. AFN greatly missed you, Jide.

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