AFCON: Tinubu mourns as Ojougboh Dies Watching Nigeria, SA Match

Ojougboh died after a penalty was awarded to the South African team.
Late Cairo Ojougboh
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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has described the sudden passing of Cairo Ojougboh, former member of the House of Representatives representing Ika Federal Constituency of Delta State, as a tragic loss.

According to reports by newsmen, Ojougboh slumped and passed on in his Abuja office while watching Wednesday’s AFCON 2023 semi-final game between Nigeria's Super Eagles and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana team.

It was gathered that the 64-year-old former Executive Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), died after a penalty was awarded to the South Africa team.

President Tinubu, in a statement made available by his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, sympathized with the Ojougboh family, the government and people of Delta State over this tragic loss, and urged them to find strength and hope in God, who presides over the affairs of men, as well as in the cherished memories and legacy of the late APC chieftain.

Similarly, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former presidential candidate for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has expressed his condolences to the Ojougboh family and the people of Delta State.

He said, “The sudden passing of my close friend, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, deeply saddens me. His love for, and dedication to our country was profound and unwavering, and his departure is a personal loss that leaves a void in his heart".

Atiku described the deceased as a shining example of patriotism. He said, “As we mourn, let us remember the passion and zeal for Nigeria that defined the life of Cairo. May his soul rest in peace.

Before his death Ojougboh was a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State and a member of the House of Representatives (2003-2007).

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