Alex Akinyele: We’ve lost Glamorous Personality —Buhari, Akeredolu


President Muhammadu Buhari commiserates with family of former Minister of Information, Chief Alex Opeyemi Akinyele, who passed away on Thursday night.

The President commiserates with the government and people of Ondo State, friends and professional colleagues of the departed, urging them to take solace in the lasting legacies of the former colorful minister, who also served as Chairman of National Sports Commission and Chairman of National Reconciliation Committee.

As a trained teacher and Public Relations Specialist, President Buhari affirms that Chief Akinyele’s scrupulousness, discipline and diligence were always obvious to those who worked closely with him, and his love for the nation, which was zealously demonstrated through providing exemplary leadership.

The President prays that the Almighty God will grant the soul of the former minister eternal rest, and comfort all members of his family.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
November 15, 2019


The Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN wishes to express his heartfelt condolences to the immediate family, Ondo Kingdom and indeed the good people of the State over the demise of High Chief Alex Akinyele, a former Information Minister. Mr. Governor received this shocking news early today.

“Late Alex Akinyele was a man of many parts who made sound and meaningful impacts in his active days of service to the Nation. The urbane, quintessential personality and glamour which he blended with an alluring cultural carriage provided an enviably distinct style that was proudly Nigerian. His highly tasteful social life never diminished his love for the Yoruba culture; it rather attracted and exported admiration.

“No doubt too, the former Information Minister created a different perception of Public Relations which he nurtured zealously. His was not just PR. His human relations exuded a perfectionist’s bend that took Information and Perception Management to a different pedestal in the country.

“Going the way of other mortals is a debt for all. The difference is time. As our icon, Alex Akinyele pays his and moves on, ours is to pray for the repose of his soul. This is even as his legacies are there for all, especially PR practitioners to maximize. His love for the family while alive, shall clearly remain undying even in his absence.

“On behalf of the Government and the good people of Ondo State, Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu ,SAN shares this moment of loss. It is a personal loss to him in some significant respects.

“Aside being a respected Nigerian elder and opinion leader of Ondo State origin, the late Aleco like I and many other Nigerian patriots, is a proud product of the Great Ife, the nation’s pride and excellence symbol. Great Ife will miss him greatly. Every Alumnus feels this vacuum.

May the soul of High Chief Alex Akinyele rest in perfect peace”.


Donald Ojogo
Commissioner for Information and Orientation
Ondo State


Minister Mourns Chief Akinyele

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has expressed deep shock and sadness over the death of a former Minister
of Information, Chief Alex Akinyele.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, Alhaji Mohammed called the death of Chief Akinyele a monumental loss to his family, the people of Ondo State and Nigerians in general.

The Minister described the late Chief Akinyele, to whom he was well acquainted in his lifetime especially in the realms of public
relations, as an astute administrator and a highly-respected public relations practitioner.

He said Chief Akinyele’s tenure as Minister of Information, and later as the Chairman of the National Sports Commission, was characterized by his uncommon passion for Nigeria as well as his impressive erudition

Alhaji Mohammed said the family of the deceased, as well as his
friends and associates, should be comforted by his legacy of service to humanity.

He prayed to God for the repose of Chief Akinyele’s soul as well as
for strength and comfort for his family.

Segun Adeyemi
Special Assistant To The President (Media)
Office of the Minister of Information and Culture
15 Nov. 2019

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