Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has described the death of former Minister of Information, Chief Alex Opeyemi Akinyele, as shocking and devastating.
Akeredolu, while reacting to Akinyele’s death in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information, Mr Donald Ojogo, expressed his heartfelt condolences to the immediate family, Ondo Kingdom and indeed the good people of the State.
He described the former Information Minister as “a man of many parts who made sound and meaningful impacts in his active days of service to the Nation.
“The urbane, quintessential personality and glamour which he blended with an alluring cultural carriage provided an enviably distinct style that was proudly Nigerian. His highly tasteful social life never diminished his love for the Yoruba culture; it rather attracted and exported admiration.
“No doubt too, the former Information Minister created a different perception of Public Relations which he nurtured zealously.”
Akeredolu stated in the statement that “He was not just PR. His human relations exuded a perfectionist’s bend that took Information and Perception Management to a different pedestal in the country.
“Going the way of other mortals is a debt for all. The difference is time. As our icon, Alex Akinyele pays his and moves on, ours is to pray for the repose of his soul.
“This is even as his legacies are there for all, especially PR practitioners to maximise. His love for the family while alive shall clearly remain undying even in his absence”
He, however, said “on behalf of the Government and the good people of Ondo State, Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, shares this moment of loss. It is a personal loss to him in some significant respects.
“Aside being a respected Nigerian elder and opinion leader of Ondo State origin, the late Akinyele like I and many other Nigerian patriots, is a proud product of the great Ife, the nation’s pride and excellence symbol. Great Ife will miss him greatly. Every Alumnus feels this vacuum. May the soul of High Chief Alex Akinyele rest in perfect peace”.
It was reported that Akinyele had died after a brief illness on Thursday night and was announced by his son, Constantine Akinfolarin Akinyele on Friday morning.