PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari and Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola have expressed disappointment over the loss of life of the Saturday Editor of New Telegraph, Waheed Bakare.
The President, in an announcement by his Particular Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, described Bakare’s loss of life as a loss, not simply to the media, however to all the nation.
“President Muhammadu Buhari commiserates with the media business, significantly Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE), over the passing of the Saturday Editor of New Telegraph, Waheed Bakare.
“The President sends condolences to household of the deceased, and administration of New Telegraph Newspapers, describing the editor’s loss of life as a collective loss to the media and the nation that he served passionately along with his expertise.
“The President prays that God will obtain the soul of the departed, and luxury all that mourn him,” the assertion stated.
Oyetola described Bakare’s loss of life as devastating and an excellent loss not solely to his fast household but additionally to the journalism occupation in Nigeria.
Bakare died on Sunday after a quick sickness. He was 51.
In an announcement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, the governor commiserated with Bakare’s household, mates, colleagues, the Journalists’ Hangout (on TVC) household and the administration of The New Telegraph Newspapers over the demise of the journalist.
The governor described the late Bakare as a hardworking, gifted, cerebral and an completed journalist, noting that he can be sorely missed by the media neighborhood.
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“I obtained with nice shock the passing of Alhaji Waheed Bakare, Editor, Saturday New Telegraph. His loss of life shouldn’t be solely a loss to his household but additionally to the journalism occupation.
“As individuals who imagine in God, we must always take it in good religion and provides gratitude to God that the late journalist ran an excellent race and gave an excellent account of himself as a newsroom chief and gatekeeper…”
Home of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila described Bakare’s loss of life as a tragic loss.
The Speaker, who commiserated with the late journalist’s household, the administration and workers of the New Telegraph Newspaper, additionally condoled with the NUC.
He stated Nigerian journalism has misplaced one among its devoted members, whom he described as a diligent and hardworking particular person. The Speaker prayed the Almighty Allah to grant the late Bakare an excellent resting place.
The Janazah (funeral rites) for the late Bakare was held yesterday at his 22 Ayo Ayinde Avenue, Ota, Ogun State house. He’s survived by a widow, Basirat, 4 kids and an aged mom.
His stays had been interred round 1:30 p.m after the prayers.
Members of the family, mates, and colleagues had been readily available to bid him farewell.
Apparently nonetheless shocked by the sudden demise of her husband, Mrs Bakare solely summoned the braveness to acknowledge greetings from sympathisers.
New Telegraph Managing Director Mr Ayo Aminu led the crew, which included Editor Ayodele Ojo, from the organisation.
Chairman of Lagos Chapter of Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), Alhaji Kabir Alabi Garba, former Chairperson of Nigeria Affiliation of Ladies Journalists (NAWOJ) Alhaja Sekinah Lawal, Chief Govt Officer, DICOLI Nigeria Restricted, Alhaji Kayode Awobadejo additionally visited the household.
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) described the late Bakare as an ardent journalist of worldwide reputation. A press release by Alhaji Femi Abbas on behalf of the NSCIA Media Committee stated the late journalist was among the many NSCIA Media Ambassadors.