The President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu has condoled with the family of retired soldier, broadcaster, and veteran actor, Usman Baba Pategi (Samanja), who died on Sunday, November 12, at the age of 84, All Nigeria Latest News reports.
In a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, the President expressed deep sorrow over the passing of the renowned actor, describing it as a painful loss. Tinubu acknowledged the late thespian’s contributions to the country through the diverse vocations he pursued throughout his lifetime.
He said: “The late Pategi chose to obey the call to national duty when the country needed his service. His television show, Samanja, was must-watch entertainment for decades. Through the show, he taught young citizens national values and respect for our service people. He was a patriot who left behind several indelible impressions.”
He encouraged the Pategi family, the people and governments of Niger and Kwara states, the Pategi Emirate Council, and members of the Nigerian entertainment industry to take comfort in the worthy legacy of the deceased.