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Ex-NFF general secretary Taiwo Ogunjobi passes away

9:18 PM SGT 11/2/19
Taiwo Ogunjobi
The chairman of the Osun State Football Association has been announced dead following a brief illness

Former Nigeria Football Federation general secretary Taiwo Ogunjobi has passed following a brief illness.

On Monday, the NFF, via its Twitter handle, announced the demise of its former executive member.

Until his death, the former Nigeria and IICC Shooting Stars player was the chairman of the Osun State FA.

"We are sad to announce the shock demise of former Nigeria Int'l, Ex-NFF Gen. Sec., former NFF Executive Committee member, and current chairman, Osun State FA, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi after a brief illness," read a tweet from NFF.

"Our prayers are with his family, relatives and the football family in Nigeria."

Reacting to the shock news, sports minister Solomon Dalung, in a statement, said: “I’m shocked to hear of Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi’s death. I saw him last year prior to the NFF elections. He came to personally inform me of his intent to contest the NFF presidential elections.

“He was a seasoned administrator and had contributed immensely to the development of football in Nigeria especially in his home state Osun.

“I commiserate with his immediate family members, the Osun State football Association and other football stakeholders who knew or worked with him. He has left an indelible mark and a vacuum in football administration in the country. May God grant his soul eternal rest and his family, the fortitude to bear this loss”.

Last year, Ogunjobi lost his bid to become NFF's president, with Amaju Pinnick securing a landslide victory.