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Nigeria’s former minister, Alex Akinyele, dies aged 81

Nigeria’s former minister, Alex Akinyele, is dead, at the age of 81.

Constantine Akinyele, his son, announced in a statement that he passed away on Thursday night after a brief illness.

Alex Akinyele
Alex Akinyele

The statement read, “With thanksgiving for his life, I am sad to announce we lost our father and grandfather Chief Alexander Opeyemi Akinyele earlier today after a brief illness May his soul rest in peace. He will be missed by his children, grandchildren, family, and friends.”

Akinyele was a trained public relations specialist.

He served as the Minister of Information, then later became chairman of the Nigerian Sports Commission.

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