Buhari condoles with family, friends of Highlife legend, Victor Olaiya

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President Muhammadu Buhari, has condoled with the family, friends and all
lovers of vintage highlife music as played by Dr Victor Olaiya, who passed on at

Buhari’s condolence message was conveyed by his Special Adviser on Media
and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Thursday.

The President noted that the highlife maestro, known for his mastery of the
trumpet, brought joy and delight to people across generations, with his songs
which were both entertaining and didactic.

He said: “His place in history is guaranteed. He sang, not just for the
entertainment value, but also taught critical lessons on life, good neighbourliness,
and national cohesion. He will be sorely missed.”

President Buhari urged the younger generations of musicians to learn a lesson
from Olaiya, “so that their songs can also remain evergreen, and outlive them.’’

While noting that the departed musician’s works transcended Nigeria, the West
Coast, and, indeed, the African continent, the President prayed God to rest
Olaiya’s soul, and comfort all those that were mourning him.


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