July 28, 2013

Northern govs mourn journalism icon, Alade Odunewu

Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has commiserated with the family of the late journalism icon and public affairs commentator, Alhaji Alade Odunewu, Alias Allah De, who died on Thursday at the age of 85.

Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, described the late former Chairman of the Nigerian Press Council

as a thorough bred journalist who touched the lives of many in a positive way and helped to strengthen

freedom and democracy.

The forum described his death as a great loss to the journalism profession and humanity in general.

“From his days as a newspaper columnist, through his membership of the Federal Electoral Commission(FEDECO), to his appointment as the Chairman of the Nigerian Press Council, and his life in retirement, the late Odunewu remained with the people ,” said a statement signed by Governor Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo.

Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)  expressed deep sadness at the death of Odunewu, saying he will forever be a shining star of the journalism profession.

In a statement in Lagos  by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the ACNdescribed Odunewu as a strong moral icon not only for members of his profession but for all.

“While we are deeply saddened by the exit of this journalism great, we take consolation in the fact that he left behind an everlasting legacy, thanks to his strength of character and patriotism, which many have attested to, his decency and commitment to higher values, his uncommon professionalism in his chosen career and, above all, his humanity,” the statement said.