The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has expressed profound sadness over the death of Mr. Moses Olaiya, popularly known as ‘Baba Sala’.
He said the death has robbed the country of an “incomparable thespian and a colossus of his time”.
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Sam Adeyemi, on Monday, the Minister described Baba Sala as a trail blazer, adding that the deceased – along with his contemporaries – laid the foundation for the theatre and comedy that have now taken Nigeria’s creative industry by storm.
”Baba Sala’s sacrifices, contribution and commitment played a great role in launching an industry that is now a huge employer of labour and a significant contributor to the nation’s economy.
“Through it all, he lived a life of honesty and service that qualified him as a great role model,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed condoled with the family of the late foremost comedian, and prayed that God will grant repose to his soul and also grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.