The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has declared three days of national mourning in honour of its late Vice President for the South South Zone, Mr Eddie Bekom, who died on Sunday.
The Nigerian Pilot reports that Bekom died following injuries he sustained after a gas explosion.
The Secretary General of the association, Olawale Alabi, said in a statement on Monday in Abuja that the mourning period would begin on Tuesday, with members and sympathisers wearing black clothes or having a piece of black material pinned on their shirt pockets.
“Bekom had earlier lost his wife and daughter, while his remaining children are still on danger list following the gas explosion which occurred at their residence in Ikom, Cross River State.
“His death is a national tragedy, and given what has befallen his entire family, we can only pray the Almighty God to take control of the situation we have at hand.
“The Bekom family’s case is an unfortunate situation that had called for all hands to be on deck for all kinds of support,” the statement said.
The association, however, thanked those that responded as quickly as possible to the challenge of supporting the family.
“ It is now a greater challenge to us to ensure that those still receiving treatment at the hospital in Abakaliki should not lack anything in the area of material and financial support for treatment and rehabilitation,’’ the statement said.
The association also appealed to the Cross River governor, Ben Ayade, to spare nothing in ensuring that the remaining members of the family were given the best treatment anywhere in the world.