The Nigeria Football Federation family woke up Wednesday [Jan 6] with the sad news of the sudden death of its Head of Protocol, Ibrahim Abubakar. Abubakar, 43, was brutally murdered in cold blood by dare-devil armed robbers in his home at Kado Estate near Gwarinpa in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
"He was full of life when he left the office yesterday; the Federation has lost a dedicated and assiduous staff. This is so painful". 'Ibro' as he is fondly called, joined the Nigeria Football Federation in 2007. He will be buried later today at his residence in Kaduna according to Islamic rites.
He is survived by a wife and three boys. May his gentle soul rest in peace, Amen.
NFF officials led by the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, accompanied the corpse from the National Hospital, Abuja to the late Abubakar’s hometown, Kaduna, where the remains were interred at some minutes after noon.
From overseas came condolence messages from players of the Senior National Team, Super Eagles. Eagles captain Ahmed Musa, former Captain Vincent Enyeama, defender Elderson Echiejile, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi and forwards Obafemi Martins and Odion Ighalo sent in words of condolence.
The late Ibrahim Abubakar, a hardworking and energetic officer, is survived by his wife and three sons, and aged parents.
NFF's Head of Protocol Ibrahim Abubakar was shot dead by armed robbers in his house in Abuja in the early hours of today. 1/2— The NFF (@thenff) January 6, 2016
Abubakar's remains is being taken to Kaduna for burial. 2/2— The NFF (@thenff) January 6, 2016
Just in: Sports Minister Barr. Dalung paid a condolence visit to NFF Secretariat following loss of Head of Protocol pic.twitter.com/nBuNstyEzr— The NFF (@thenff) January 6, 2016