The Nigeria football firmament was badly shaken on Thursday after news
filtered in that a former Chairman of then Nigeria Football
Association, Brigadier-General Dominic Obukadata Oneya (rtd) had died.
He was 73.
General Secretary of the NFF, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, who broke the sad
news, said he was devastated beyond words because he spoke to the
revered former military chieftain on Wednesday – a matter of hours
earlier. “We spoke on Wednesday because I conveyed to him information
that the NFF had appointed him as match commissioner for the men’s
AITEO Cup final coming up on Sunday in Benin City. He told me he would
prefer to drive down to Benin from Warri on Sunday morning. He sounded
healthy and full of life. May his soul rest in peace.”
Ebullient, avuncular, unclamorous, diligent, a lover of people and a
stickler for excellence, Dominic Obukadata Oneya was born on 26th May
1948, and served as military administrator of Kano State between
August 1996 and August 1998, when he was redeployed to Benue State in
the same role, serving there until the return of democratic rule in
Oneya then served as Chairman of then Nigeria Football Association
(now Nigeria Football Federation) between January 2000 and October
2002, overseeing Nigeria’s silver –medal winning outing in the 2000
Africa Cup of Nations that the country co-hosted with Ghana, a
successful Korea/Japan FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, Nigeria’s
bronze medal outing at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Mali and the
Super Eagles’ outing at the FIFA World Cup finals in the Far East the
“General Oneya was a gentleman to the core. Someone you can call at
any time of day or night for advice and he would always oblige. His
death is a huge loss to Nigeria Football,” Dr Sanusi added.
After leaving office as supremo of Nigeria Football, Brigadier-General
Oneya served the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in various
capacities, including as a Member of the highly influential Organizing
Committee 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 of
Brigadier-General Dominic Oneya. Hours earlier, the death had been
reported of Mr Emma Tuoyo, a senior brother to President of NFF, Mr
Amaju 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 July
1978 to October 1979, handing over to Chief Adekunle Ajasin at the
advent of the Second Republic.
“It has been a devastating day for the NFF President. He lost a senior
brother and an uncle, as the late General Oneya was his uncle. We
mourn deeply with him and can only pray that God will give him the
fortitude to bear these big losses,” NFF General Secretary, Dr
Mohammed Sanusi, said as he met with NFF Management and Staff at the
Federation’s secretariat in Abuja.
Sources confirmed to thenff.com that the late Emma Tuoyo was into
haulage and general contracts.