According to his family, Akinyele died after a brief illness on Thursday night.
He was an administrator and public relations specialist.
The late Ondo chief once served as the chairman of the Nigerian Sports Commission.
He was also a former president of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations.
He died at the age of 81.
President Muhammadu Buhari commiserated with the family of the former minister.
”The President commiserates with the government and people of Ondo State, friends and professional colleagues of the departed, urging them to take solace in the lasting legacies of the former colorful minister, who also served as Chairman of National Sports Commission and Chairman of National Reconciliation Committee,” a statement issued by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, read.
”As a trained teacher and Public Relations Specialist, President Buhari affirms that Chief Akinyele’s scrupulousness, discipline and diligence were always obvious to those who worked closely with him, and his love for the nation, which was zealously demonstrated through providing exemplary leadership.
”The President prays that the Almighty God will grant the soul of the former minister eternal rest, and comfort all members of his family.”