The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has mourned the death of a veteran broadcaster and actor, Sadiq Daba.
Recall that Mr Daba died Wednesday evening after a prolonged battle with leukemia and prostate cancer.
Releasing a statement on Thursday though spokesperson, Segun Adeyemi, the minister described Mr Daba’s death as a huge loss to the entertainment industry and the nation in general.
The statement said: “He lauded the pioneering role of the deceased along with his contemporaries in nurturing the Nigerian movie industry to its present towering status as the second largest movie industry in the world.
“Alhaji Mohammed recalled his attendance of the premiere of the Nollywood Nigerian Air Force movie, Eagle Wings, in which Mr Daba made a cameo appearance in spite of his health challenges.
“The deceased was a role model who created a path for many movie stars who rose from obscurity to stardom,” the statement added.
Mr Adeyemi revealed that the minister condoled with the family of the deceased, his colleagues and the movie industry in general by “urging them to take solace in the fact that his legacy is assured because of his monumental success in his chosen fields.”
“He prayed to God to grant repose to the soul of the deceased and to give his family the courage to bear the irreparable loss,” he concluded.