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Senator Enang Mourns Foremost Nigerian Sports Journalist, Iyoho



Senator Enang addressing members of the deceased family

Former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang on Friday, paid a condolence visit to the family of his late Principal Staff, Mr. Anietie Iyoho.

Sen. Enang who was accompanied to the Iyoho’s family at Oto Akan village in Etinan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State by the immediate past INEC Resident Electoral Officer, Rev. Dr. Monday Tom, prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased.

He assured the wife and children of late Iyoho of his support towards their future endeavors.

“I was supposed to have been here since the death of my brother and friend but for many national assignments that have been taken me across the country and beyond, today we’ve come to sympathise with the family on the sudden demise of Anietie Iyoho.

“We do not need to be sermonizing for you, we cannot blame God for what he has done, our prayer is that all he left behind continue to prosper.

“I will still be in constant touch with the family and I will reach out to the wife and the children with our support,” he said.

The former presidential adviser said he received the news of the death of his Principal Private Secretary, Mr. Anietie Iyoho with profound shock, sadness and pain, stressing that his demise has created a void that will be difficult to fill. “His death is a personal loss.”

“Mr. Anietie Iyoho was not just a dedicated and loyal aide to me; he was my brother and friend. He was an invaluable member of our team and an exceptional individual who touched the lives of many. His unwavering commitment, work ethic and diligence were second to none.

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As my Principal Staff, Mr. Iyoho displayed an extraordinary level of professionalism, competence, and dedication to duty. His organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to navigate complex situations with ease were instrumental to the successes recorded by our team. His pivotal role in coordinating and managing the affairs of my office will forever remain fresh in our memories”, the former presidential adviser recalls.

Sen. Enang however, consoled with the family and appealed to them to remember that their son, father and husband has left behind a legacy of excellent public service which will forever be etched on the minds of those who knew him.

“On behalf of my family and the entire staff of which the late Iyoho was a key member, I here extend deep condolences to the family of the deceased, his friends, and loved ones”, the former presidential adviser said.

Sen. Ita Enang prayed that God grants the Iyoho family solace and the strength to bear the irreparable loss as the late PPS receives eternal rest.

Dignitaries on the delegation were The Commissioner representing Akwa Ibom in the Nigeria Federal Character Commission, Obonganwan Dora Ebong, The Provost, Federal College of Education, Ididep, Dr. Edem Ntuk, Senior Editor of Pioneer Newspaper, Mr. Godwin Benson amongst others.

Meanwhile, the media community has again been thrown into mourning with the untimely death of Anietie Iyoho, ace sports editor and prolific writer.

Aged 52, Iyoho, until his demise was the special assistant to Senator Ita Enang, former senior special assistant to then President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters – Senate.

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He had worked at various times as sports writer, Deputy Sports and Sports Editor of Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation, publisher of The Pioneer Group of Newspapers, Uyo, Weekend editor of Today’s Sports, Lagos, Assistant Sports Editor of the Nigerian Compass Newspaper, Sports Editor and Assistant News Editor of the Nigerian Pilot.
A graduate of English Language and Mass Communication from the University of Uyo and the defunct Polytechnic, Calabar, Iyoho was a devout Christian and a member of the Living Faith Church, Abuja, where he served in the media unit.
He was also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, and a one-time Akwa Ibom chairman of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN.

A statement by his son, Gerrard Iyoho, sighted by Diaspora Digital Media said the remains of his late father would be interred Saturday, June 22, 2024, at the family compound, Oto Akan in Etinan Local Government Area after a funeral service by Living Faith Church, Etinan.

He invited friends and well-wishers to join him and the family to bid his departed father a befitting farewell.

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