The Nigeria football firmament was badly shaken on Thursday after newsfiltered in that a former Chairman of then Nigeria FootballAssociation, Brigadier-General Dominic Obukadata Oneya (rtd) had died.He was 73.
General Secretary of the NFF, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, who broke the sadnews, said he was devastated beyond words because he spoke to therevered former military chieftain on Wednesday – a matter of hoursearlier. “We spoke on Wednesday because I conveyed to him informationthat the NFF had appointed him as match commissioner for the men’sAITEO Cup final coming up on Sunday in Benin City. He told me he wouldprefer to drive down to Benin from Warri on Sunday morning. He soundedhealthy and full of life. May his soul rest in peace.”
Ebullient, avuncular, unclamorous, diligent, a lover of people and astickler for excellence, Dominic Obukadata Oneya was born on 26th May1948, and served as military administrator of Kano State betweenAugust 1996 and August 1998, when he was redeployed to Benue State inthe same role, serving there until the return of democratic rule inMay 1999.
Oneya then served as Chairman of then Nigeria Football Association(now Nigeria Football Federation) between January 2000 and October2002, overseeing Nigeria’s silver –medal winning outing in the 2000Africa Cup of Nations that the country co-hosted with Ghana, asuccessful Korea/Japan FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, Nigeria’sbronze medal outing at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Mali and theSuper Eagles’ outing at the FIFA World Cup finals in the Far East thesame year.“General Oneya was a gentleman to the core. Someone you can call atany time of day or night for advice and he would always oblige. Hisdeath is a huge loss to Nigeria Football,” Dr Sanusi added.
After leaving office as supremo of Nigeria Football, Brigadier-GeneralOneya served the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in variouscapacities, including as a Member of the highly influential OrganizingCommittee for the Africa Cup of Nations.
…Exco, Management, Staff condole Pinnick on loss of brother, Emma Tuoyo
It was a double blow for members of the NFF Executive Committee,Management and Staff on Thursday following the death ofBrigadier-General Dominic Oneya. Hours earlier, the death had beenreported of Mr Emma Tuoyo, a senior brother to President of NFF, MrAmaju Melvin Pinnick.
The late Emma Tuoyo was son of Brigadier-General Sunday Tuoyo (rtd),who served as Military Governor of the old Ondo State between July1978 to October 1979, handing over to Chief Adekunle Ajasin at theadvent of the Second Republic.
“It has been a devastating day for the NFF President. He lost a seniorbrother and an uncle, as the late General Oneya was his uncle. Wemourn deeply with him and can only pray that God will give him thefortitude to bear these big losses,” NFF General Secretary, DrMohammed Sanusi, said as he met with NFF Management and Staff at theFederation’s secretariat in Abuja.
Sources confirmed to thenff.com that the late Emma Tuoyo was intohaulage and general contracts.