ByÂ Inalegwu Shaibu & Laide Akinboade
THE President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, Monday, lamented that the nation and journalism has lost a rare gem through the death of the pioneer Managing Director ofÂ The Guardian Newspapers, Dr. Stanley Macebuh.
Mark, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Communications, described the former editor as one of the brightest journalists whose contributions to the development of the country cannot be quantified.
In a condolence passage to the government and people of Abia State, Senator Mark noted that the late Macebuh was one of those who fought tirelessly through writings to make Nigeria a better place.
I lost a friend, says Uduaghan
â€œHe wanted a better Nigeria. He agonized over this daily. He worked to achieve this. He gave his best and until his eyes finally closed, Dr. Stanley Macebuh never stopped hoping that our nascent democracy will be better. That is why some of us regarded him as a friend and elder brother; because he saw ahead of us and devoted his entire life in seeking to build a strong, united and egalitarian society.â€
With the above words, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Governor of Delta State, joined millions of Nigerians in mourning the exit of Dr. Stanley Macebuh, a media colossus, administrator, quintessential academic, former speech writer and one time Deputy Chief of Staff to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Akunyili, AC extol Macebuh’s virtues
Minister of Information and Communications, Professor Dora Akunyili, yesterday, described the death of the founding Managing Director of Guardian Newspapers, Dr. Stanley Macebuh, as a huge loss to the media in the country.
The minister, in a statement issued in Abuja and signed by her Special Assistant, Mr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, said the late MD provided the necessary environment that helped in making Guardian what it is today.
According to the statement, â€œit was the generation of journalists in the likes of Stanley Macebuh and the late Dele Giwa that were instrumental to the growth and liberalisation and emergence of modern journalism in Nigeria.
Also, the Action Congress, AC, has commiserated with The Guardian and the entire Nigerian media over the death of journalism icon Stanley Macebuh, whom it described as a shining light in the profession.
In a statement issued in Lagos, Monday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the role of Macebuh, as the pioneer Managing Director of The Guardian, will remain evergreen in the history of the paper, which has leapt to great heights since its inception.