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Former minister of sports, Adebayo Lawal is dead


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Air Vice Marshal Adebayo Hamed Lawal (rtd), a former Nigerian Minister of Youth and Sports is dead.

This was disclosed in a statement by his daughter, Mrs. Yinka Enahoro on Tuesday night.

She said AVM Lawal died in his sleep on Sunday, June 23 at his home. He was 83.

Also, Air Commodore Sani Zakari (rtd), the Sergeant at Arms at the National Assembly, confirmed the news and stated that the funeral will be held on Monday. “AVM Frank Ajobena (rtd) further informed us that AVM Bayo Lawal passed on in his sleep in the early hours of Sunday, June 23, 2024,” Zakari added.

He was born on September 14, 1941, in Offa, Kwara State.

Lawal attended Government College, Ibadan, from 1955 to 1962 before joining the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in 1963 as one of its pioneer officers.

He trained as a Military Pilot in West Germany, graduating in 1964.

AVM Lawal’s military career was marked by several key postings:

– Commander, NAF Port Harcourt (1969–1970)

– Commander, Enugu Air Force Base (1970–1972)

– Commander, NAF Kano (1972–1973, 1975–1977)

– Air Officer Commanding HQ Tactical Air Command, NAF Makurdi (1977–1978)

From 1977 to 1978, he served as the Commander of the Nigerian Air Force Base in Makurdi.

However, his leadership and dedication led to his appointment as the Military Governor of Benue State in July 1978, a position he held until October 1979.

Following his tenure as governor, AVM Lawal continued to shape the future of the NAF as the Director of Air Faculty Command and Staff College, Jaji.

He further extended his influence in public service by serving as the Federal Minister of Youth and Sports.

After retiring from the military, AVM Lawal embarked on a business career and committed himself to faith-based philanthropic activities.

He was celebrated not only for his vibrant and active role as a fighter pilot but also for his significant contributions to the Nigerian Air Force and the nation.

Lawal is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren. His impact on his community and country will be remembered for generations to come.


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