More condolence messages have poured in following the murder on Wednesday of NFF’s Head of Protocol, Ibrahim Abubakar.
Abubakar was killed by unknown gunmen in his house in Kado Estate, Gwarinpa, Abuja in the early hours of Wednesday, and buried in Kaduna the same day according to Islamic rites.
NFF 2nd Vice President Shehu Dikko, who was at the NFF Secretariat on Thursday morning, described the late Abubakar as an epitome of energy and resourcefulness.
“He was a very dedicated officer who did his job with all his energy. The NFF will miss him greatly,” Dikko stated.
Another NFF Executive Committee member, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu, also wondered how the meek and hardworking Abubakar could have offended anyone.
Otunba Sunday Dele-Ajayi, yet another member of the NFF Executive Committee, lamented the slain of the diligent officer.
The Board of the Football Association of the Federal Capital Territory, led by the chairman, Alh. Musa Talle, also paid a condolence visit to the NFF Secretariat on Thursday. Talle, in company with vice chairman, Mr. Patrick Ngwaogu, was received by the NFF Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme.
“We have come to express our grief over the death of Mr. Ibrahim Abubakar. It was a most unfortunate incident. We pray that God will grant him eternal rest,” said Talle.
A former NFF Assistant General Secretary (Technical), Mr. James Peters, said: “This is very, very sad. We pray for the repose of late Ibrahim’s soul.”
On Wednesday, President-General of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Oladipo, was stunned when he learnt of Abubakar’s murder. “What happened? Why would anyone want to kill such a hardworking and unassuming gentleman?