President Bola Tinubu has condoled with the family of retired soldier, broadcaster and veteran actor, Usman Baba Pategi, popularly known as Samanja, who died on Sunday at 84.
The President spoke via a statement by his Special Adviser of Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, on Tuesday.
In the statement, Tinubu described the death of the popular thespian as a painful loss, saying he contributed to the country through the various vocations he pursued in 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.”
President Tinubu encouraged the Pategi family, people and government of Kwara State, Pategi Emirate Council and members of the Nigerian entertainment industry to take comfort in the worthy legacy of the deceased.