By Oni Afolabi O.

The Nigeria Basketball Federation has assured the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr Habu Gumel of their unflinching support during his trying times following the loss of his wife.

In a condolence message by the NBBF President, Engr Musa Kida to Gumel who recently lost his wife, Hajiya Khadijat Ahmed Ladi Gumel after a brief illness affirmed the federation’s commitment to providing the needed moral and emotional support.

Kida noted that the loss of a loved one is not an easy burden to carry as he prayed for the repose of the departed soul.

“We are deeply touched about this unfortunate incident which nobody saw coming. Though we have all accepted the inevitable, nobody is prepared for the pains that come after the loss of a loved one.

“As a federation under NOC, we owe our president support while praying to God to give him the strength to bear this irreparable loss”.

Kida while extoling the virtues of the deceased said, “We take solace in the fact that despite her brief stay in this realm, she shone brightly and was a strong pillar of support to her husband, immediate environment and people around her.

“Over the years, Engr Gumel has been providing quality leadership for sports development in Nigeria in various capacities as a retired staff of the Federal Ministry of Sports, President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, NOC, Nigeria Sports and the Executive Secretary/CEO Nation Lottery Trust Fund amongst other positions which would not have been possible without the support of his wife”, Kida commented.

“Accept our deepest and sincere condolences as you count on us for our maximum support”.

The late Hajiya Gumel who died at the age of 56 is survived by 4 kids.

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