President Muhammadu Buhari, Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila and Governor Ganduje have expressed shock over the death of the Saturday Editor of Telegraph newspaper, Wahhed Bakare.
While sending his condolences to the family of the deceased, Buhari also commiserated with the media industry, particularly Nigeria Union of Journalists and Nigeria Guild of Editors.
Buhari’s message was released by Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Monday.
The president also condoled the management of New Telegraph Newspapers.
While describing the journalist’s death as a collective loss to the media and the nation, having served served passionately with his talent, Buhari prayed that God would receive the soul of the departed, and comfort all that mourned him.
In his own message, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila also commiserated with the late journalist’s family, the entire management and staff of the New Telegraph Newspaper over the loss, also condoled with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He said Nigerian journalism has lost one of its dedicated members, whom he described as a diligent and hardworking individual.
The speaker prayed the Almighty Allah to grant the soul of Waheed Bakare a good resting place.
On his part, Kano State Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, expressed deep condolences with the family of Mr. Waheed Bakare.
Ganduje expressed the feelings through a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba on Tuesday.
The Governor also commiserates with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE) and the management of New Telegraph Newspapers.
He describes Bakare as a brilliant journalist whose death is not just a big blow to his immediate family but members of the fourth estate of the realm, pointing out that his contributions to the pen profession will be profoundly missed.
Governor Ganduje called on the deceased’s family and relations to ‘bear the loss with the spirit of acquiescence to God’s will and urged them to take solace in the fact that endurance was not the measure of a good life but the sense of fulfillment.