President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday urged younger generation of Nigerian musicians to learn from the late highlife legend, Dr. Victor Olaiya, so that their songs can also remain evergreen, and outlive them.
Buhari said this in a condolence message addressed to the family, friends and all lovers of Dr Olaiya, who passed on at 89.
According to the message signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President notes 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.
“His place in history is guaranteed. He sang, not just for the entertainment value, but also taught critical lessons on life, good neighbourliness, and national cohesion. He will be sorely missed.
“Noting that the departed musician’s works transcended Nigeria, the West Coast, and, indeed, the African continent, the President prays God to rest Olaiya’s soul, and comfort all those who mourn him,” the message read.