The Ministry of Youth And Sports Development has received with deep shock the news of the death of the President of the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, Hon. Yahaya Mohammed, whose death occurred on Saturday (yesterday) after a brief illness in Kano.
In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary, Gabriel Aduda, “Hon. Yahaya Mohammed will be remembered for his contributions to the sport of Weightlifting.
“His leadership took the sport to greater heights and opened new vistas. He inspired his Lifters to win the highest number of medals for our nation at any completion ever, 16 Gold, 13 Silver and 18 Bronze medals at the 2019 African Games.
“On behalf of the Hon. Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, I extend my heart-felt condolences to his family, the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation and the Government and good people of Jigawa State on this irreplaceable loss,” the statement said.
Mr Mohammad was also the special assistant to Governor Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa State, on Assembly matters.
Auwal Sankara, media aide to Mr Badaru, announced his death in a statement sent to reporters in Jigawa.
“The Jigawa State Government regrets to announce the Passage of Hon. Yahaya Muhammed (Big Man), who died this afternoon at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital after a protracted illness,” Mr Sankara said.
The deceased was elected at different times as a member representing Sule Tankarkar Constituency at the Jigawa State House of Assembly, he added.
The Nigeria Weightlifting Federation oversees the sport of weighting in Nigeria.
The Federation is a member of the International Weightlifting Federation and Commonwealth weightlifting Federation.