President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family, friends and all lovers of vintage highlife music as played by Dr Victor Abimbola Olaiya, who passed on at 89.
The ‘Baby Jowo’ crooner died on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
The President noted that the highlife maestro, known for his mastery of the trumpet, brought joy and delight to people across generations, with his songs which were both entertaining and didactic.
A statement made available by the President’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina on Thursday quoted Buhari saying Olaiya’s “place in history is guaranteed.
“He sang, not just for the entertainment value, but also taught critical lessons on life, good neighbourliness, and national cohesion. He will be sorely missed.”
Buhari urged the younger generations of musicians to learn a lesson from Olaiya so that their songs can also remain evergreen, and outlive them.
He noted that the departed musician’s works transcended Nigeria, the West Coast, and, indeed, the African continent.
The President prayed God to rest Olaiya’s soul, and comfort all those who mourn him.