Lagos – The youngest son of the late veteran journalist, Alhaji Alade Odunewu (a.k.a. Allah De), Mr Segun Odunewu, said his father died of age-related ailment.
Odunewu said in Ikoyi, Lagos on Friday that the death of their mother in January 2012 might also not be unconnected with the death of his father.
“Our mother died on Jan. 4, 2012 and the death of my father happened just last night; so I am still dazed about the development.
“His health condition nose-dived after the family celebrated one year of the death of our mother. This might have affected him somehow.
Odunewu wondered why this should happen to the family sixteen months after the death of his mother.
Another family member, Mrs Oreoluwa Odunuga (nee Odunewu), described the deceased as a very forthright man.
“He was highly disciplined, very caring and God-fearing man.
“He abhorred bribery and corruption and was always reflecting his hatred for such vices in his columns in the defunct Daily Times.
“I will miss his jokes, fatherly advice and his approach to life generally.
“I will also miss his accommodating ability; he made everybody feel at home without any discrimination.’’
Chief Abiodun Adeniyi, a former Director of News, Radio Lagos, said the deceased brought him into limelight in journalism.
“After my training, Odunewu, then at the Daily Times of Nigeria, was instrumental to my working at the defunct Lagos Weekend newspaper as a stringer.
“Through him, I secured a permanent employment with the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).
“He was an ardent practitioner of investigative journalism and encouraged up and coming journalists.
“His witty weekly columns in the newspapers then were always very incisive and the day was incomplete for those in authority if they had not read his columns“, he said.
Prominent Nigerians who had signed the condolence register included: Alhaji Tunde Odunewu, Mr Abdulkabir Olagunju and Mr Peter Mbah.
Allah De died at the age of 85 years. (NAN)