President Muhammed Buhari has said that the vintage highlife musician, Dr Victor Olaiya’s place in history is guaranteed for he sang not just for the entertainment value, but also taught critical lessons on life, good neighbourliness, and national cohesion.
In a statement released by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina on Thursday, while the President condoled with the family, friends and all lovers of vintage highlife music as played by Dr Victor Abimbola Olaiya, who passed on at 89 after a brief illness.
He noted that the highlife maestro, known for his mastery of the trumpet, brought joy and delight to people across generations, with his songs which were both entertaining and didactic. “He will be sorely missed.”
He urged the younger generations of musicians to learn a lesson from Olaiya, so that their songs can also remain evergreen, and outlive them.
Noting that the departed musician’s works transcended Nigeria, the West Coast, and, indeed, the African continent, the President prayed God to rest Olaiya’s soul, and comfort all those who mourn him.