Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osuu State has described the death of the Chairman of Punch Newspapers, Mr. Wale Aboderin, as shocking and very sad.
In a statement Governor Aregbesola said the late Aboderin exited at a time he was most needed in the media and sporting sectors.
The Governor noted that while alive, the deceased was a pillar of sports, particularly basketball, on which he devoted time and invaluable resources.
Aregbesola stated that with the little time he spent in the media industry, he proved himself to be a shrewd businessman who left indelible footprints on the sands of time.
The statement read in part: “I received with shock and utmost sadness the news of the death of Mr Wale Aboderin, the Chairman of the Punch Newspaper.
“To say that the news of his death was sad and devastating is an understatement. It sounded like a dream but the reality of the story jolted me back to the obvious – death, the necessary end of every creature.
“The deceased was a nice, quite unassuming and easygoing gentleman when alive. His enthusiasm was infectious. He was a man of deep conviction of his Christian faith but tolerant of others and never imposing.
“The last time we were together, he was vivacious, humorous and full of life. He gave no indication of death or any health challenge that should give cause for concern.
“Being a scion of the illustrious Aboderin family of Ibadan, he certainly lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation. He contributed in no mean way to national development through the media, sports and youth development. He paid his dues.
“His death no doubt has left a huge void in the Nigerian media and sporting industries that will be difficult to fill.
“It is my sincere prayer that God will comfort his wife and children, the Aboderin family and Punch newspaper.
“On behalf of my family, the Government and good people of Osun, I commiserate with Wale’s immediate family, the entire Aboderin family and Punch newspaper on his departure.
May the Almighty God give them the fortitude to bear this huge loss.