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Lagos—President Muhammadu Buhari has described the former Vice Chairman of The Sun newspaper, late Dimgba Igwe as a true Nigerian writer and a powerful columnist who could not stand any act of injustice, corruption and unrighteousness in high places.
President Buhari made remarks yesterday, at Dimgba Igwe’s anniversary and presentation of a book, “50 World Editors” co-authored by the late Dimgba Igwe and Mike Awoyinfa at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island, Lagos.
President Buhari who was represented by Mrs Oluseye Abekande, permanent secretary, Ministry of Information commended the passion, zeal and commitment of the two authors, Mike and Dimgba for writing the book, which might have caused them a fortune as they have to travel around the world to interview the editors who have been good journalists and had experience.
He said, “in deed, this book is a labour of love for journalism. But I am sad that Dimgba Igwe is no more here with us today. His death about this time last year shocked Nigerians especially for those who read his column in The Sun Newspaper every Tuesday.
He is a true Nigerian writer and a powerful columnist who could not stand any act of injustice, corruption and unrighteousness in high places. In times like this, we will miss his advice and political commentaries. Like myself, Dimgba belonged to everybody and at the same time belonged to nobody with his ability to call a spade a spade. He was that frank, as for Dimgba Igwe, he is a pride to Nigeria where impunity thrives, people commit crimes and vanish into thin air, believing that they won’t be caught.
In his remarks, chairman of the occasion Chief Olesugun Osoba who described the day as an emotional day because of the absence of one of the co authors asked for prayers for media men who he said are going through difficult times. Osoba in his speech lamented that publishers these days find it difficult to pay their staff salaries and pleaded with them to ensure they are paid.
The co-author Mike Awoyinfa read an emotional poem he wrote for his late friend, tagged “A letter to my friend”, saying the death hit him like a thunderbolt, pointing out that the passion, love and commitment to journalism was the only factor that propelled them to write the book.
He promised to keep alive the Dimgba Igwe dream saying “I promise not to disappoint him, as long as Mike is alive, Dimgba is alive. Death will not separate our friendship, in his memory we will launch a book every September and even inside the grave Dimgba Igwe will continue to be my co-author.”
Dignitaries at the book launch include, Adebayo Williams representing Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Emeka Abane of Slok Group representing Orji Uzo Kalu, Folarin Adeyemi Perm Sec Lagos State Min. of Information representing Governor Ambode of Lagos State, Louis Odion, representing Governor Oshiomole of Edo State, Dr. Adeleke Ipaye representing Governor Aregbesola of Osun State, and Akeem Bello, representing former Governor Babatunde Fashola of lagos State.
Others are Eric Osagie the book reviewer, Larry Izamoje of Brilla Fm, Ray Ekpu, Mumuni Alao, Stanley Egbochukwu, Gbenga Adefaye,GM/Editor-in-Chief, Vanguard, Mideno Bayegbon, Editor Vanguard, Tunji Bello, and others.