Muslim journalists extol virtues of Animashaun
Muslim journalists under the auspices of Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) have described the late Alhaji Kola Animashaun as an icon of excellence and forthrightness in journalism.
Animashaun, a columnist, and former Chairman of Vanguard Newspaper editorial board transited on Thursday, May 30, 2019 (Ramadan 25, 1440 A.H) at the age of 80.
A statement signed by the National President, Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Balogun and Chairman, Lagos State, Alhaji Kabir Alabi Garba, said: “Animashaun bestrode firmament of Nigerian media landscape as a colossus and inspired in us the virtues of dedication, excellence and forthrightness in journalism. An icon of our age, he played a frontline role in the formation and sustainability of our association.”
He was described as a warm and welcoming person who had a lasting impression at first encounter with anybody.“His skill as a journalist and public opinion moulder shone brightly in his weekly column, Voice of Reason in the Vanguard, as his style as simple as it is, is very compelling, making journalism attractive for us as an influential calling.
“Alhaji Animashaun will be remembered for many giants in journalism that he mentored to prominence,” it stated.
MMPN said that, “in his death, the nation has lost a true voice of reason, who intervenes with his lucid and informed commentaries at critical times in the life of the nation.
“It is not too much if we celebrate his life and times as a nationalist or nation builder.“We are comforted that our doyen in journalism departed on a beautiful note, in the glorious month of Ramadan and during the last ten days when Muslims globally become more dedicated in ibaadaat in the search for the night of majesty – Lailatulqadr. In this, we say alhamdulillah for a gracious transition!” it stated.