Former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with the Aboderin
family and Punch newspapers over the death of Mr. Gbadebowale Aboderin,
who until his death last Wednesday, was the Chairman of Punch Media
Limited, describing him as a crusader for public good.
In a condolence letter to the Aboderin family as well as management and
members of staff of Punch newspapers, the former President stressed that
the late Aboderin would be sorely missed because of his deep commitment to
A statement issued by Dr. Jonathan’s media adviser, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze,
said the ex-President also noted that Mr. Aboderin left a legacy of hard
work and passion for a just society.
The statement said: “Late Aboderin will be sorely missed because of his
deep commitment to national progress and the ease with which he reached
out and made friends across regional lines and religious ties.
“He was a man who invested hugely in the cause of the ordinary people and
worked altruistically for public good. The high value he placed on social
capital was evident in the height to which he took Punch; expeditiously
repositioning the newspaper as a credible voice for equity, national
unity, good governance and democracy.
“As a sports enthusiast, he willingly channeled his energy and resources
in the pursuit of his interest, a passion that positively reflected in his
substantial contributions to sports development, especially the game of
basketball which he greatly lifted.
“He will be remembered for his impressive legacy of hard work,
philanthropy and passion for a just and equitable society.”
The ex-President further prayed for God to comfort late Aboderin’s loved
ones and grant his soul eternal rest.