By Ndahi Marama
Members of the Borno state Correspondentsâ€™ chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ),Â has condemned theÂ killing ofÂ Bayo Ohu, the Guardian Deputy political Editor who was brutally murdered by unknown assassins last week.
The chapel after an extraordinary emergency congressÂ yesterday in honour of the journalist , condemned and mourned the killing of late Bayo Ohu even as they noted that the former Guardian Deputy Editor actually started his journalism career with the Borno Correspondentsâ€™ chapel shortly after he finished his National Youth service Corp in Maiduguri Borno state.
Journalists at the meeting eulogised Bayo Ohu whom they recalled was an active member of the chapel, and had contributed immensely to the development of the chapel in the early 80â€™s.
The chapel sympathised with the family of the late veteran journalist as well as the Guardian Newspapers and Nigeria in general for losing such an asset and egg-head in journalism.
The journalists called on the Nigeria Police Force to do everything within their powers to bring the perpetrators of such heinous and gruesome act to book, noting that Nigerians especiallyÂ practising journalists will not tolerate failure in efforts to bring Bayoâ€™s killers to book.
Describing the killing of late Bayo as one assassination too many, members of the chapel have also condemned the spate of assassination and kidnappings that have recently become the order of the day in the country. They called on the police and other relevant authorities to rise to the challenge and fish out those behind these atrocious crimes.
The chapel had also condemned the recent harassment of journalists by those in authority, noting that there is no way Nigeria will attain positive growth when the watch-dogs of the society are being harassed by those in the corridors of power day in day out.
The Borno Correspondentsâ€™ chapel declared Friday 25th September, 2009 as a day of mourning in honour of their former colleague, Bayo Ohu.
The chapel therefore prayed for the repose of late Bayo Ohuâ€™s soul, even as they are noted that his contributions in the area of socio-political development of Nigeria will be missed by many.