The Federal Government on Monday expressed profound sadness over the death of Moses Olaiya, popularly known as Baba Sala.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the death has robbed the country of an “incomparable thespian and a colossus of his time”.
The minister in a statement issued by his spokesman, Sam Adeyemi, described Baba Sala as a trailblazer, 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.
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.