*Over loss of younger brother
*ASUU, APC too condoles with family
President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Hon Ibrahim Gusau has sent a message of condolence to the Plateau state Governor, Simon Lalong, following the death of Dr. Wummen Tsenba Bako, the governor’s younger brother.
Gusau sent his heart felt condolence in a telephone chat with www.gongnews.net from Asaba where he led the AFN team to inspect the facilities for the Senior African Athletics championships.
“We are saddened by the development but we accede to the almightiness of God. Our sport share the pains of the people of the state, the governor and his family.”
Bako was a senior lecturer in the Department of Management and Accounting at the University of Jos. He was also said to be a Fellow of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
Bako was said to be a member of Plateau State Economic and Financial Advisory Team before falling ill.
Solomon Dalung: Barrister Solomon Dalung, the Minister of Youth and Sports also sent his sympathy to the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Barrister Simon Bako Lalong.
Dr. Tsenba Bako died of cancer on Tuesday, 26th September 2017, at the age of 45.
Barrister Dalung expressed sadness at the loss of the Plateau United’s staunch supporter who did his best to garner support for the team on their way to their first Nigeria Professional Football League trophy.
“We are extremely saddened by the death of your brother. We mourn with you on this occasion because you are one of the genuine supporters of the development of Nigerian Football especially in Plateau state. Our prayer is that the Almighty God will grant you and the family that the deceased has left behind the fortitude to bear the big loss.”
Dalung who earlier this year lost his wife said that coping with the demise of a loved one is not usually an easy burden to bear.
He said the nuclear and extended family of the deceased should be consoled that late Bako lived a fulfilled life as he impacted on as many people that his time on earth could allow.
He seized the opportunity to urge Nigerians to learn more about the brevity of life no matter the position they find themselves.
“Today you are so much alive and by tomorrow, you are down with one strange sickness or even death which nobody would be able to explain.”
In his conclusion, Dalung said no matter the achievements or struggle while on earth, one will only be remembered by the people you impacted on.
Academic Staff Union of Universities: However, the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (UNIJOS chapter), Dr. Chris Piwuna, confirmed the death saying, “Yes, His Excellency, the governor lost his brother. I just spoke with our (ASUU) representative in his Faculty. May his soul rest in peace.”
Also, the Plateau State chapter of All Progressives Congress Youth Forum in a condolence message by its chairman, Pius Tongmann, said it received the news of Bako’s death with shock and dismay.
He said, “How can our hearts be at rest when a pillar of hope to so many passed on without saying goodbye? The leadership and entire members of APC Youth Forum wish to commiserate and convey its heartfelt condolence to Plateau state governor, Simon Bako Lalong, the entire Bako family, Goemai nation, staff members of UNIJOS, members of ANAN and ICAN, friends and well-wishers of the deceased.
“We pray that God Almighty will comfort you all in His special way. Take heart and find solace in Him alone. May his soul rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ, until we meet to part no more.”