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Nigerian’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, Senate president, David mark and Governors of Lagos, Rivers and Oyo states have expressed shock over the sudden death of Late Vice Chairman of Sun Newspapers, and veteran journalist, Dimgba Igwe who died on Saturdaymorning near his Okota residence in Lagos. He was knocked down by a hit and run driver while he was jogging.
Confirming his death, president of Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Femi Adesina described the incident as devastating.
Adesina, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that Igwe, after the incident, was immediately rushed to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), where he underwent surgery but died afterwards
“It is very sad. It is a colossal loss to journalism, a general of the Guild and an impeccable writer. He contributed a lot at our last conference in Katsina and was one of the discussants in a paper.
“To hear that hear that he is dead one week after is indeed devastating, Nigerians in general and journalist in particular will miss him” he stated.
President Jonathan in a statement signed by his special Adviser on Media and publicity, Rueben Abati, expressed the president’s condolence to the family, friends and associates of the deceased and prayed that God Almighty will grant them the fortitude to bear the loss of the very forthright journalist and media administrator, of this generation. He wished his soul, peaceful rest.
The President: “The late Igwe will always be remembered as a hardworking and dependable professional, who through his various writings as columnist, author and public speaker, demonstrated a special ability to convey the truth and his convictions in lucid, compelling prose, and in a style that was short on cant and forgery “
Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, said the hit-and-run driver who killed Igwe, who is also a Pastor must be arrested and prosecuted by the police, to serve as a deterrent to others
In his statement he said “I received with shock, the news of the sudden passage of one of the leading lights of journalism, Pastor Dimgba Igwe. He was passionate and painstaking. He was a thoroughbred professional and one of Nigeria’s brightest and best.
“His demise at this time, when our nation is in dire need of men of honour and courage and when his younger colleagues need his steadying hands to guide their practice is most painful. We in Rivers State feel a deep sense of personal loss, because of our close relationship with him.”
He however urged the police to ensure that the driver is brought to book and assured the deceased’s family and his friends and colleagues that they share in their grief even as they wait for justice to be done.
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