Yahaya told The Guardian soon on arrival from Morocco that Nigerian weightlifters had grown and that his target was to lead the athletes to break even at Tokyo 2020 Olympics by winning at least three gold medals for the country.
Sadly, the dream died on Sunday afternoon in Kano.
The Weightlifting Federation boss, who until his death served as the Special Assistant to Governor Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa State on Assembly Matters, gave up the ghost at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital after a ‘protracted illness.’
Many Nigerians, particularly stakeholders in the weightlifting family, are still in shock since the news of Yahaya’s death was broken. Yahaya was a man of many titles in Nigerian sports circle. While some call him ‘Bigman’ because of his philanthropic nature, others refer to him as ‘Golden President.’ Yahaya won more medals for Team Nigeria among the sports federation presidents since they came on board four years ago.