Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the death of Chief Theophilus Akinyele, former Presidential Adviser on Budget to President Shehu Shagari.
The President, in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, noted that Chief Akinyele, who was also a Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of Agriculture and Finance of the old Western State of Nigeria, served Nigeria meritoriously.
“President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with family of Chief Theophilus Adeleke Akinyele, former Presidential Adviser on Budget to President Shehu Shagari, urging all loved ones to find solace in his contributions to the country, and humanity.
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“The President commiserates with all professional colleagues and friends of the former adviser, who served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of Agriculture and Finance of the old Western State of Nigeria, Registrar and Secretary to the Council of the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife Nigeria and Secretary to a Military Government and Head of Civil Service of Oyo State.
“As Director of Budget and Special Adviser on Budget Affairs to President Shagari from 1979-1983, President Buhari affirms that he served the country meritoriously, using the knowledge acquired in some of the best institutions in the world to shape policies and advise on implementation, particularly on development issues.
“The President prays that the Almighty God will receive the soul of the deceased, and comfort his family,” the statement said.