President Muhammadu Buhari says the death of Olarenwaju Fasasi, the rapper better known as Sound Sultan, is a great loss to not just the music industry but Nigeria as a whole.

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In a statement on Monday, the president said the late 44-year-old entertainer lived an exemplary life that inspired many youths in the country.

Buhari also lauded the deceased for contributing immensely to the development of the Nigerian entertainment space.

He said Sound Sultan was extremely passionate about societal issues in the nation and he used his artistic prowess to address the unfavorable situations.

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Buhari also commiserated with the family, friends, and associates of the deceased singer.

“Sound Sultan’s demise is not only a loss to the Nigerian music industry, but to the country as a whole,” the statement issued by Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, read.

“As a celebrated rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, he lived an exemplary life, achieved several milestones in his career and contributed greatly to the development of the Nigerian music and entertainment industry through his artistic genius, creativity and talent, which has inspired many young Nigerians in the industry.

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“The deceased was kind, generous, and deeply passionate about issues in the country, which reflected in his music and art, and as an avid basketball fan, he made telling contributions to the development of local basketball in the country.

“The President prays for the eternal repose of the soul of the departed and divine peace and comfort for the family, friends and associates.”

Sound Sultan had passed away on Sunday after battling cancer.

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