The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege and the senator representing Abia North, Dr. Orji Kalu have expressed deep sadness over the passing of the Deputy President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Malam Umar Saidu Tudunwada.
The APC leader commiserated with the Tudunwada family, the NGE, Kano State government and the management of Kano State Radio Corporation over the demise.
Asiwaju Tinubu prayed God to comfort the family left behind by the late Tudunwada.
He also prayed that Allah grant the deceased Al-Janna Firdaus.
The late Tudunwada has been buried according to Islamic rites.
Tudunwada, the immediate past Managing Director of Kano Radio Corporation, died in an accident on Sunday while returning from a meeting of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The accident occurred at Kura town in Kura Local Government Area of the state, about 30 kilometres from Kano metropolis.
He was said to be traveling with one of his wives, a daughter and a driver, who all survived the accident.
The trio are currently receiving treatment at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.
In his condolence message to the NGE and the Kano State government, Omo-Agege said it was unfortunate that the experienced and widely travelled journalist died in an auto accident on his return from an official engagement in Abuja.
While praying for the repose of the soul of the departed, the Deputy Senate President noted that Tudundwada’s death created a vacuum in journalistic reporting, especially in a democratic setting that needed the informed interventions of his likes.
He said: “I received with sadness the shocking news of the death of the Deputy President of the NGE, Umar Tudunwada, in an accident.
“Tudunwada, who, until his death, worked for various local and interactional media organisations, was returning from a meeting of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) when he met his untimely death.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his immediate and extended families as well as the good people of Kano State as I pray God to rest his lovely soul in peace.
“Let me also extend my deepest condolences to the NGE over this irreparable loss. Tudunwada’s untimely passing has, no doubt, created a vacuum, especially at this period of our democratic journey.
“May God console us and may He glide and protect us all.”
Kalu said the late journalist was a thorough-bred professional who played leading roles at various times in the media industry.
Extolling the virtues of the late Tudunwada, the senator urged the deceased’s family to uphold his good deeds.
In a statement by his media office, the former governor prayed for the repose of Tudunwada’s soul.
He said: “I received with pain the news of the demise of the Vice President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Alhaji Saidu Tudunwada.
“The late Tudunwada was a notable figure in the media industry. He served meritoriously in different capacities in the print and electronic media.
“Our prayers and thoughts are with the Tudunwada family at this difficult time.”
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Kalu also commiserated with members of the NGE and other stakeholders in the media industry.
Also, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), Dr. Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna, has expressed grief over the death of a respected journalist and former Managing Director of Radio Kano, Umar Saidu Tudunwada.
A statement on Monday in Kano by KEDCO’s Head of Corporate Communication, Ibrahim Sani Shawai, said the KEDCO MD also commiserated with the family of the deceased, members of the state’s council of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ), the state chapter of the Correspondents’ Chapel and all residents of the state.
He said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the news of Tudunwada’s passing. It is on record that as a result of decades of professional practice, Tudunwada carved a niche for himself, rising through the ranks to the peak of his career.”
Describing the late Tudunwada as an “uncommon professional”, Dr Gwamna said: “As MD of Radio Kano, Tudunwada demonstrated one of his leadership qualities when he once led the management of Radio Kano to KEDCO head office for a courtesy visit and amicable resolution of some pressing issues between the two organisations.”
Gwamna prayed Allah to grant the deceased eternal rest, adding that Tudunwada would be remembered as peace-loving, hardworking and patriotic.