President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with family, friends, and professional associates of the late gospel singer; Sammie Okposo, whose sudden death has thrown many in Nigeria and across the world into shock. President Buhari, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina noted thus:
“The President commiserates with the Christian community, particularly Okposo’s colleagues in gospel music and the younger generation, who have over the years identified with his elevating style of praise and worship.
“He notes the unique platform of worship created by Okposo, as well as his creative contributions to the Nigerian film industry, and the inspiring role he played in grooming talents and mentoring them to stardom.”
Relatedly, the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state, Okposo’s home state, described the late singer’s death as a great loss to the Okposo family, the state, and gospel music lovers all over the world.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Olisa Ifeajika, Okowa said: “On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I mourn the passing of an illustrious son of our state and a great gospel minister.
“The news of his death was shocking and it is, indeed, a great loss because he was a valued asset to Deltans and Nigerians, especially as his songs continue to inspire many to worship God.”
The Sudden Death of Sammie Okposo
Many Nigerians and lovers of Nigerian songs were suddenly thrown into shock and grief as news surfaced on Friday morning, November 25, 2022, that a popular gospel singer, Sammie Okposo, had died in his Lagos home.
Since the news got into the public domain, there has been an outpouring of grief, especially as the singer wasn’t known to have battled ill health before his demise.
Reportedly, Sammie had put up a post on his Instagram page less than 24 hours before his demise. On Thursday, November 24, 2022, he posted a throwback video of his concert on his page.
In the video, he was seen leading the congregation in an intense praise and worship session. Attendees of the concert were also obviously engrossed in the ministration as many of them could be seen immersed in the worship.
Many lifted their hands and sang along with Sammie.” He captioned the post, “Throw Back Thursday. Sammie Okposo Praise Party. SOPP live in Lagos. Friday, November 4, 2022. It was a blast. Jesus did it.”
Announcing the singer’s death in a brief statement, a relative; Hector Okposo said: “It is with a heavy heart but with total submission to God that I announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and minister of God, Sammie Okposo.
“Sammie slept and went to be with the Lord on the morning of Friday, November 25, 2022. More details about the burial will be communicated soon.
“We are consoled because we know that he is with Jesus, singing with angels. We kindly request the family is allowed to grieve peacefully at this time.”