By Ola Ajayi
TRIBUTES poured in torrents yesterday to kick-start the burial arrangement for the former Managing Editor, Sketch Press Limited, Mr. Peter Ajayi who died recently.
Among the eminent Nigerians that attended the occasion include the President, Nigerian Guild of Editors and Editor-in-Chief, Vanguard Newspapers, Mr. Gbenga Adefaye, Director-General, News Agency of Nigeria, Mrs. Remi Oyo, Prince Dotun Oyelade, representating Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State, former Managing Director, Daily Times, Mr. Areoye Oyebola, and many other media executives.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Adefaye gave a vivid description of the immeasurable impacts the deceased played on his success story.
He said the man made a remarkable impact on his journalism profession right from the defunct Sketch Press Limited.
Governor Alao-Akala noted that he was a professional reporterÂ who felt at ease in the midst of intellectuals.
In her own tribute, Mrs. Oyo said he was one of my mentors. As Senior Special Assistant to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, he was always praying for me. There were times I made mistakes because Iâ€™m a human being, he would call me and correct me with love.
Lending credence to many accolades poured on the late journalist as a non-corrupt journalist, she said, â€œhe had zero tolerance for blackmail and corruption as a tool for our profession. If we love him, we should say no more for blackmail and corruption. He was a faithful friend, proud Ekiti man. Thank God for the gift of Peter Ajayiâ€.
The Chairman, Nigeria Voters Assembly, Comrade Mashood Erubami said the deceased was a classic populist who represented his progressive agenda in plain terms that the average person could relate to.
â€œWe mourn the death of Oga Peter because we have lost an invaluable source of wise counsel. from his fountain of knowledge, we always had th opportunity to draw as copiously as we desired. He was reliable in his support. He was steadfast in his committentâ€, said the Chairman, League of Veteran Journalist, Mr. Dejo Olatoye.
The former Chairman, League of Veteran Journalists, Mr. Tunde Akingbade hinted that his death had completed a cycle after devoting 50 years of his life to his profession.