*NTF, Footbal writers also mourns her
By Oluwole Francis
Chairman Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT Chapter Comrade Kayode Adeniyi on Tuesday led executive members of the Pen profession to pay a condolence visit to Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung whose wife, Mrs Briskila Dalung, passed on last Sunday.
Dalung who is still pained by the demise of his wife while receiving Sports Writers based in the nation’s capital at his Gwarinpa residence expressed delight to the leadership of the association for physically identifying with him especially at this period when the entire family is bereaved.
He however disclosed that in line with ongoing arrangements, his late wife will be buried on Saturday 4th February in his town in Plateau state.
The Sports Minister who is still in shock stated that he has been consoled on the fact that his late wife passed on peacefully even when he was out of the country for an official assignment.
While eulogizing Kayode-led FCT SWAN for the passion and determination at which he has stirred the association in Abuja, the honourable Minister urged members of fourth Estate of the Realm to remain committed in galvanizing Sports development in the country adding; “the only way we can further push for the unity of our dear nation is by sincerely using Sports as a vehicle. It will be difficult, if not impossible to guarantee lasting peace without sports.”
Earlier, FCT SWAN Chairman, Kayode commiserated with the Sports Minister and his entire household and prayed God to give him the fortitude to bear the loss.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) has expressed its condolence to Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung over the death of his wife.
“This is to express our heart-felt condolence with the Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung following the passing away of his wife. We share in your grief knowing how painful it is to lose a pillar in one’s life as in the case of your beloved wife who must have help in molding a man of substance like Barr. Dalung,” NTF boss Sani Ndanusa said.
He added, “We pray that you bear the fortitude of this irreparable loss while we also pray for the repose of the soul of the deceased.”
In a related development, the NTF also paid tribute to the late Chris Enahoro.
Referring to the late Enahoro, who died in Lagos on the 19th January at 80, as a key apostle of Nigeria tennis development, the federation said his spirit will be kept alive with more focus on grassroots development.
“The best way we can keep his spirit awake is to make sure his death leaves no vacuum because this is one man that has been at the forefront of uplifting Nigerian tennis for more than two decades.”
A former Nigeria cricket captain, Enahoro was a former West Africa record holder in high jump and he also played football for the defunct Western Region of Nigeria.
He is credited to have nurtured some of Nigeria’s tennis players among whom is Oyinlomo Barakat Quadri, who spearheaded Nigeria’s winning of the West and Central Africa Championships held recently in Togo.
Also, Football Writers Association of Nigeria (FOWAN), sincerely offer its heartfelt condolence on the loss of the wife of the minister of Youth and Sports, Hon Solomon Dalung.
FOWAN coordinator, Chris Onokpegu notes, “It came as a shock to us and we can only imagine how difficult it has been for you and your family.
“There is no doubt that his wife was a special person in his life. She must have been a great influence and contributed a lot to get him to the height he has gotten to.”
He added, “An important part of his life has gone. It is a chapter that is closed forever. We did not expect this to happen too soon but God knows the best. But as they say that life is truly unpredictable.”
FOWA urges the minister to stay strong for the ones around him. “Football Writers are deeply saddened. We hope that in some small way these words will bring comfort to you and your family at this sad time.”
May her soul rest in eternal peace!