The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has expressed deep shock over the demise of former Chairman of the Nigerian Football Association (NFA), Brigadier-General Dominic Oneya (rtd) declaring that Nigeria had lost a gallant soldier and great administrator.
“Nigeria has lost an illustrious son, dedicated administrator, gallant soldier, officer gentleman whose contributions to national and sports development can never be forgotten. He laid a solid foundation for Nigerian football. His death has robbed Nigeria the service of a very experienced, patriotic, dedicated and loyal personality. His death is so unfortunate, but we cannot question God. He has done his best in the service of the nation. May God rest his soul,” the statement said.
The Minister further stated that, “My condolences goes to his family, the government and people of Delta State, the Nigerian Army and the football community. My deep thoughts are with his family. He would be sourly missed”.
The former Benue and Kano states Military Administrator passed away on Thursday, 4 August, 2021 at the age of 73.
Oneya had served as Military Administrator under late Head of State, General Sani Abacha.
He was Chairman of the Nigerian Football Association from 2000- 2002.