By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA-Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has extended his condolences to the family, government and people of Imo State on the death of Chief Innocent Oparadike, a former Commissioner for Information and Culture in the State.
In a statement on Friday, Osinbajo also commiserated with the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ and the Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE on the demise of their colleague and one of Nigeria’s brightest journalists and thinkers.
According to the statement, the Acting President Osinbajo “believes that late Chief Oparadike, who had a very distinguished career as a journalist and administrator will be long remembered by his colleagues and admirers for his profound decency, boldness and uprightness.”
The Acting President also “salutes Oparadike’s sterling leadership qualities, dedication and brilliance during very challenging times in our nation’s history, particularly as the Editor of the Federal Government-owned New Nigerian Newspaper; and later as Managing Director of the Daily Times.”
Osinbajo urged the deceased associates in the “media and the Anglican Communion where he served dutifully as Knight of Saint Christopher to honour his memory by upholding the virtues of hardwork, discipline, philanthropy and justice to which he was devoted until his death.”
He prayed God to grant Oparadike’s family the fortitude to bear the loss, and also comfort all who mourn him.