The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) lost an executive director in the recent passing of Cairo Ojougboh.
He reportedly fell in his Abuja office late Wednesday while watching the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-final match between South Africa and Nigeria, according to a family source who confirmed his death to journalists.
The family of the former NDDC Executive Director has received a condolence telegram from President Bola Tinubu.
Through his spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu expressed his condolences for the deceased, wishing them a sweet slumber. Meanwhile, the president offered his condolences to the family of the late APC chairman and asked them to draw strength from God Almighty, who rules over human events, and from the treasured memories and legacy of the late leader.
From 2003 until 2007, Ojougboh served as a representative for Delta State and was a prominent APC figure.
After a nail-biting semi-final match against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana, the Super Eagles eventually prevailed.
The game-winning penalty that sealed the Bouake shootout triumph went to Kelechi Iheanacho.
The three-time winners will play either Sunday’s hosts, the Ivory Coast, or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who will face off later in the final following a 1-1 draw in extra time.
In the first half, Nigeria’s captain William Troost-Ekong scored from the penalty spot after 67 minutes, and in the second half, Teboho Mokoena equalised from the penalty spot in the 90th minute.