Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki on Tuesday led some of his top officials to the residence of the late music legend Victor Uwaifo in Ekehuan Road, Benin City.
The governor and his entourage were received by the deceased’s wife Osaretin Uwaifo, who according to Mr Obaseki, said was pleased that the state government was standing by them in this time of grief.
In his Instagram post, Obaseki said he described Uwaifo’s death “as a loss of one of the country’s finest assets”.
“Late Uwaifo was a music icon, a legend, and a national asset. His loss is not just to the state, but to the country at large. You cannot talk about the state’s culture and art scene without talking about him. He is a legend and needs to be celebrated as such,” he added.
“Receiving us, the wife of the deceased, Princess Osaretin Uwaifo, thanked me and my entourage for the visit, noting that it has given the family peace that the state government is one with them during their time of grief.”
Uwaifo died last Saturday at the age of 80 following a brief illness.
The multi-talented instrumentalist was the commissioner for arts and culture in the Lucky Igbinedion administration in Edo. He was a recipient of the award of Member of Order of the Niger (MON).