Uzodimma, editors mourn Iwuoha, say his death devastating, huge loss to media
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma and the Nigerian Guild of Editors, yesterday, expressed sadness over the death of former Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bonnie Iwuoha, describing it as devastating, painful and a huge loss to the media.
In a statement issued by Uzodimma’s Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser, Oguwike Nwachuku, the governor said Iwuoha’s passing, which occurred on Monday in Umuahia, Abia State, was shocking and unbelievable.
Uzondimma described Iwuoha as one of the finest journalists in Nigeria, saying he was not only humane, but a patriotic and a great bridge builder, who used his profession to advance the course of the country, as President of NUJ and Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (FNGE).
He recalled that Iwuoha plied his trade in the Imo State owned newspaper-The Statesman and Daily Times, among others and acquitted himself well, adding that Iwuoha’s love for equity, justice and fairness made it possible for him to combine his profession effectively with labour activism.
Governor Uzodimma said he was not surprised that Iwuoha was greatly sought after by leaders in Abia, where he was at one time Media Adviser to the governor and later Commissioner for Information, Culture and Strategy.
Describing his death as huge loss to the media, Abia State and Nigeria, Uzodimma commiserated with the President of the NUJ, Chris Isiguzo, President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Mustapga Isah and the deceased’ family over the loss.
He also prayed God Almighty to grant Iwuoha’s soul peaceful repose and for his family, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
ALSO in a statement issued by President of the Guild, Mustapha Isah and General Secretary, Iyobosa Uwugiaren, the editors’ body expressed shock and sadness over Iwuoha’s death describing it as “devastating, painful and huge loss” to the Guild and journalism in Nigeria.
“Iwuoha was a committed Fellow of the NGE. He served in various committees and was Chairman of the Electoral Committee on several occasions, including our last convention, which held in May 2021 in Kano. His last outing was at the All Nigeria Editors Conference (ANEC) in Abuja two months ago, where he was a discussant.
“This was typical of him: He never missed any of our activities. He was a man of deep convictions, honest, principled and lively. Just last week, he called some members of NGE Standing Committee, including the President and the General Secretary to discuss the Guild’s affairs,” the statement reads.
While commiserating with members of the NGE, friends, his immediate family, the government and the people of Abia State, it prayed God to give his loved ones the fortitude to bear the immeasurable loss.