Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has expressed deep shock over the news of the sudden death of Mallam Sani Adamu, the late Director of Multi-Media Services of the News Agency of Nigeria ((NAN) who died on Sunday, September 25, 2016.
The Governor in a statement issued on Monday in Johannesburg, South Africa, by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mark Longyen, commiserated with the family of the deceased, the Management and staff of NAN, as well as the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Lalong, who recounted his last encounter with the late Adamu in May this year when he featured on a NAN Media Forum, co-anchored by the deceased, described him as an “accomplished, distinguished thoroughbred professional journalist and one in a million who will be greatly missed by many.”
He said the late senior journalist contributed immeasurably to the development of democracy and journalism profession in Nigeria and beyond as a “prolific features writer, who rose to the zenith of his career in NAN and played conspicuously crucial roles as a prominent member of the NGE and NUJ before his death.”
The Governor also urged the younger journalists he left behind to emulate him and also prayed God to grant the Adamu family and the people and government of his state, Bauchi, the fortitude to bear the “irreparable loss and unfortunate demise of their illustrious son, father, husband and ambassador, etc.”
Lalong, therefore, admonished those he left behind to take solace in the fact that death is an inevitable end for all men, stressing that “God has mandated that all men must die some day and their souls must transit to eternity at God’s appointed time.”
The Governor also prayed God to grant the deceased journalist eternal rest and peaceful repose of his soul.
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