Minister of Youth and Sports Development in Nigeria, Sunday Dare has said the death of one of his predecessors, Malam Bala Bawa Kaoje is a huge loss to not only his family and friends, but the country at large.
In a statement on Tuesday signed by his Media Office, Dare said: "Shocking to learn about the death of former Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Engineer Bala Bawa Kaoje.
"So sad that Nigeria has lost a very illustrious son who served this country meritoriously.
"His death has robbed Nigeria of another bright mind and committed public servant.
"This is not just a loss to his family and friends, but the country in general.
"He made his mark while serving as Minister of Youth and Sports.
"He was a multi talented man who served his people and the country with all his mind and might.
"May God console his family and grant him eternal rest."
Kaoje died aged 60.