The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Rivers State Chapter, has commiserated with their member, Segun Precious, for the loss of his father, Chief Ayinla Reuben Fatolu, who died aged 74 last Tuesday, November 22, 2016 after a brief illness.
A statement signed by the chairman Sopriala Bob Manuel and Secretary, Mike Osaro Gomba said sports writers share the grief of FATOLU FAMILY in their period of mourning the great loss.
SWAN in the statement noted that as a former Regent (acting head) of Owode Ketu Community in Yewa North Local Government of Ogun State, the late Chief Fatolu lived a selfless and exemplary life worthy of emulation.
The statement noted that the late Chief Fatolu left many legacies to uphold and learn from in his lifetime and prayed to God to give the entire extended family and Owode Ketu the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Meanwhile, more tributes have continued to pour in following the death of Chief Fatolu.
The immediate past Acting Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, commiserated with the family over the demise of their patriarch. In a message personally signed she prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed.
President of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Mr Honour Sirawoo also joined in consoling the Fatolu Family for the irreparable loss. He noted that Chief Fatolu lived a good life.
On his part, Chairman of Niger Delta Civil Society Coalition, Mr Anyakwee Nsirimovu has described the late Chief Fatolu as a man who believed in the rights of individuals and fought for the unity of this country.
The late chief Fatolu born on March 22nd, 1942 joined the Nigerian Army in 1967 after passing his standard six examinations and Standard Three.
He retired in 1980 having served in various locations including Awi in present day Cross Rivers State, Ikot Umo Essien in Akwa Ibom State, Omoku and Bonny in Rivers State and Ojo in Lagos.
He served as presidential guard to President Olusegun Obasanjo and Alhaji Shehu Shagari before his voluntary retirement in 1980.
He then relocated to the sleepy village of Owode Ketu where he held the post of Financial Secretary of All Saints Anglican Church for several years. He was made a chief in the community in 1995 and became the Regent (ADELE OBA) in 2001.
The late Chief Fatolu played football in his younger days. He played for the community and was in the Nigerian Army football Team wherever he served. This talent he gloriously transferred to his children and grand children.
He was also an avid lover of newspapers, no wonder one of his sons, Segun Precious, took to journalism having been introduced by his father to newspapers in his tender years. He was also very much politically aware globally though not an active politician.