The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, have said they were totally shocked and saddened by the death of Channels Television’s State House Correspondent, Chukwuma Onuekwusi.
They expressed this shock in separate condolence messages to the family of the deceased made available to Daily Champion.
In a statement issued in Beijing, China, on Thursday, the Minister said his memory of the late Onuekwusi, during his regular interactions with State House Correspondents, remained that of a passionate professional and a gentleman, who contributed so much to the high ratings of Channels TV.
He extends his condolences to the late Onuekwusi’s family, the management and staff of Channels TV as well as the entire State House Correspondents for the untimely demise of the brilliant journalist.
Alhaji Mohammed prayed that God would strengthen the immediate and extended family of the late journalist, and also grant repose to the soul of the departed.
Omisore, in his condolence message, described the late Onuekwusi as a fine gentleman.
In a message he personally signed, Omisore extolled the professional acumen of the distinguished newsman.
“Mr. Onuekwusi’s death is still a big shock to many of us who knew him well while he was alive. I’ve known Chukwuma since my framed/trumped-up charges days in 2003 in Ibadan. He covered the trial professionally and diligently till I was discharged and acquitted. Since then, he had earned my trust and friendship,” Omisore recalled.
He added: “He was a fine gentleman and a thorough media professional. The Nigerian media industry will, no doubt, miss his invaluable contribution.”
Omisore, therefore, prayed “that God should comfort his immediate family and members of the Channels Television organisation and grant them the fortitude to bear the painful and irreparable loss.”
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