The League Management Company (LMC) has expressed shock over the death of former Chairman of defunct Nigeria Football League, Chief Oyuki Obaseki, describing his death as sad and a loss for Nigerian football.
A statement signed by LMC Chairman, Malam Shehu Dikko, said, “the League Management Company (LMC) has received with sadness the demise of Chief Jackson Oyuki Obaseki, a former Chairman of the defunct Nigeria Football League”.
Dikko described the death of Chief Obaseki as another loss for football in the country and noted that “he would be missed by many in league clubs management.
“The report of the passing on of Chief Obaseki has saddened us in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) especially because he was someone who played a key role in the process that led to the evolvement and sustenance of independent administration for Professional League football in our country.”
Dikko recalled his time working with late Obaseki during the reform of the league and it’s sponsorship structure between 2005-2006 which led to the huge title rights sale.
The LMC Chairman extended his condolence and that of the 20 NPFL clubs to the Obaseki family, noting that, “Chief was a father figure not just to his immediate biological family but to all of us in football”.
Obaseki reportedly died on Sunday, August 18 at the age of 75. A Benin High Chief before his death, his last birthday was celebrated in July.