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Former Minister Prince Ajibola Afonja Dies at 82, Mourned by Senator Sharafadeen Alli

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A prominent figure in Nigerian politics and former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Prince Ajibola Afonja, has passed away at the age of 82. Prince Afonja, who served under the Interim National Government of Chief Enerst Sonekan, breathed his last at the University College Hospital, UCH, in Ibadan. The former Chairman of First Bank and a native of Oyo town, Oyo State, met his untimely demise following injuries sustained in a lone accident near his country home.

Prince Ajibola Afonja was a well-known personality in the political sphere, having once contested as the senatorial candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in Oyo Central Senatorial District. His influence and contributions to the industrial and financial sectors were widely recognized.

The news of Prince Afonja’s demise was confirmed by the Chairman of Oyo Global Forum, Taiwo Adebayo. Adebayo described the late Minister as a community leader and industrialist par excellence, emphasizing the significant impact his passing will have on Oyo town and beyond.

In a heartfelt tribute, Senator Sharafadeen Alli, representing Oyo South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, mourned the loss of Prince Ajibola Afonja. Senator Alli expressed deep sorrow over the passing of a mentor and distinguished figure, highlighting the invaluable contributions of the late industrialist to Nigeria and the financial industry.

Senator Alli praised Prince Afonja’s leadership at First Bank of Nigeria and his tenure as Minister, noting his unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation. The Senator acknowledged the profound sense of loss felt by those who worked closely with the deceased, lauding him as a mentor, philanthropist, and visionary leader.

The death of Prince Ajibola Afonja has sent shockwaves through the community, with many recalling his generosity, philanthropic causes, and remarkable contributions to Nigeria. Senator Alli extended his deepest condolences to the family of the late Minister, urging them to take solace in his enduring legacy and the inspiration he leaves behind.

As Nigeria mourns the passing of Prince Afonja, his memory and achievements will continue to resonate, serving as a beacon of hope and inspiration for the future. The legacy of Prince Ajibola Afonja, a true statesman and leader, will be fondly remembered and cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Rachel Adams

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