LMC Chairman pays glowing tribute to the late Ojidoh
Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Hon. Nduka Irabor has paid tribute to the late John Chukwuma Ojidoh and enjoined football administrators to emulate his virtues of selfless service and dedication in public service.
J.C. Ojidoh, a Justice of Peace and most revered traditional chief in Illah, Delta State, died Monday night at the age of 87 and Irabor recalled his last encounter with the late former Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation Disciplinary Committee saying, “Pa JC Ojidoh was only 15 days ago offering prayers of leapfrogging to the peak of noble aspirations in all human endeavours in 2014”
Ojidoh, a former Chairman of the Old Bendel State Football Association, retired School Principal, FIFA-badged Referee and football development advocate during his life time, also held several other key positions in sports including heading investigative panels that made insightful recommendations on developmental issues and also headed the very popular Pepsi League Awards panel from 1996 to 2001.
The LMC Chairman said there is a lot to learn from the personal and professional lifestyle of the late icon of football administration who he described as “genteel and firm, at home with the old and the young “. The late Pa Ojidoh, incidentally hailed from the same town with Stephen Keshi, the Super Eagles Manager and a former Super Eagles captain and Irabor recalled a recent encounter with him saying, “Pa JC Ojidoh, even in his age-induced feeble state was very mentally alert and laced most of his admonishments with sporting anecdotes one of which was his light hearted description of his feeble state as ‘doing extra time on wheelchair”.
In a further eulogy to the late Ojidoh, Irabor declared “Pa JC Ojidoh was without an iota of doubt, Nigeria’s No. 1 football supporter. He had an inestimable repertoire of football history and administration he freely shared with those who sought him out and some of his thoughts were often shared with readers of one of the popular national newspapers”
Irabor prayed for the repose of his soul saying “He was a most dignified Justice of Peace and without equivocation, Pa Ojidoh will be sorely missed by both those who knew him or read him. A Northern Star is gone. May you sojourn well and may the Almighty Lord grant you sweet repose in the great beyond.’