Ige, NUJ, The Guardian pay last respect to Raheem at 8th Day Fidau
It was another moment of sober reflection as staff members of The Guardian Newspapers, journalists, neighbours, family members and friends of Alhaji Najeem Raheem, the late photo-journalist of the newspaper, converged at Goshen, Ilupeju Apete, Ibadan for the eight-day Fidau organised for the deceased.
The late Raheem died on June 7, after a brief illness.
The roll call of those at the event included the son of the late Chief Bola Ige, Muyiwa, an architect; the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Taiwo Adisa; the Oyo State Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ademola Babalola; the Oyo State Chairman of Correspondents’ Chapel, Pastor Ola Ajayi; the state chairperson of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWoJ), Jadesola Ajibola; the Public Relations Officer of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Alhaji Soladoye Adewole; the Director of Public Communication of University of Ibadan, Mr. Tunji Oladejo and others.
The flagship of the nation’s newspapers and the employer of the late photojournalist, The Guardian was represented by Southwest Bureau Chief, Mr. Seye Olumide; Education Editor, Mrs. Iyabo Lawal; Photo Editor, Mr. Femi Adebesin-Kuti and Mr. Wale Ojo.
Addressing the audience, Chief Imam, Jamade Central Mosque, Apete, Alhaji Ibrahim Oladejo said the late Raheem lived an exemplary and fulfilled life through his closeness to God.
He implored the congregation to eschew evil and maintain a healthy relationship with God and the people as they would give an account of their sojourn on the day of reckoning.
Some members of the NUJ, to whom the late Raheem belonged, lauded the impactful life of the deceased and urged members of the union to emulate their late professional colleague.
In her remark, the daughter of the deceased, Miss Barakat Raheem, said her father was a caring man, who taught them the way of Allah, humility and diligence.
Barakat, who expressed appreciation for the show of love, appealed for more prayers for the family her father left behind.
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