Akin Akande, Abuja
President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has Condoled the families of the composer of the National Anthem Pa Benedict Odiase and high life music legend Pa Fatai Olayiwola Olagunju “Alias Fatai Rolling Dollar” over the passing unto glory of the two elder statesmen.
Pa Odiase died at 79 while Fatai passed away at the age of 85.
In a Seperate condolence messages to the government and peoples of Edo, Lagos and Osun states, Senator Mark described the duo as patriots and committed nationalists who left their positive footprints on the sand of time.
Specifically, the Senate President noted that pa Odiase was a genius who deployed his talent freely for the advancement of the Nigerian people, saying “Odiase was not just a distinguished police officer. He was a philosopher and a proud son of Nigeria.
“All Nigerians owe him a great deal of gratitude. We shall always remember him for good. He was our hero and his labour will never be in vain”.
On Pa Fatai, Senator Mark noted that the deceased was a jolly good fellow who did not only entertained but brought joy to Nigerian homes and families.
He paid glowing tribute to Pa Fatai for his mastery, dexterity and sense of humour while plying his trade pointing out that even in his last days “Fatai never relented in his passion for music. He lived a fulfilled and accomplished life”.
To both deceased, Senator Mark added that they “wrote their names in gold and Nigeria’s history must have a kind chapter for them”.
He told the bereaved’s families to take solace in the fact that the duo lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation.