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Oyo governor mourns The Guardian photo-journalist, Raheem


Widow of The Guardian photo-journalist, Najeem Raheem, Rashida Olawunmi (middle) and sympathisers, during the burial of Raheem in Ibadan… yesterday. PHOTO: FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, yesterday, described the death of The Guardian photo-journalist, Mr. Najeem Raheem, as a sad and personal loss. Raheem died yesterday morning and had since been buried according to Islamic rites.

Makinde, who hailed the late Raheem as a hardworking journalist and an individual who is passionate about Oyo State’s development, commiserated with the The Guardian’s management and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Oyo State Chapter.

A statement by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to Governor Makinde, Moses Alao, quoted the governor as consoling with the family of the late photo-journalist, praying to God to grant repose to the soul of Raheem.

“I received the news of the death of my brother, Najeem Raheem, of The Guardian Newspapers Limited during a brief illness, with a heavy heart.

“Najeem, as he was popularly known, was a complete gentleman, a vivacious individual who always exuded confidence and joy. He was hardworking and ever-so-passionate about his job and the development of the state, as exemplified by his eventful life.

“Najeem’s death is a sad and personal loss to me. I condole with his family and the management of The Guardian Newspapers Limited, the NUJ and other friends of the deceased.

“May Allah grant repose to Najeem’s soul and grant the family and friends the fortitude to bear this loss.”

MEANWHILE, delegates of the newspaper also visited the family of the deceased. The team, led by the out-going Bureau Chief of South-West, Mr. Muyiwa Adeyemi, also included the incoming South-West Bureau Chief, Mr. Seye Olumide and Photo Editor, Mr. Femi Adebesin-Kuti.

They condoled with the family members. The deceased was survived by a wife and three children.


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