SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday honoured the late State House correspondent of Channels Television, Mr. Chukwuma Onuekwusi, with a one-minute silence before cabinet members commenced deliberations.
Onuekwusi, 55 died in the early hours of Tuesday at an Abuja hospital where he had battled with a health challenge for almost two months.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo who presided over the FEC meeting, called for the observance of the minute silence soon after the recitation of the National Anthem and religious prayers that usually open the meeting.
Osinbajo described the deceased as an articulate and patriotic journalist and prayed for God to comfort his family.
His words: “Honourable ministers and members of the Federal Executive Council, yesterday we got the very sad news of the passing on of one of the members of State House family. He is Chukwuma Onuekwusi, of the Channels Television, who passed on after a brief illness yesterday.
“In recognition of the fact that we remember a very good, a very articulate and also a very patriotic and committed journalist, I want us in honour of this fine gentleman to rise and observe a minute silence. We pray for the comfort of his family and all of those he left behind. Amen.”
A day earlier, presidential media aides led by Femi Adesina, had similarly observed a minute silence in honour of Onuekwusi, before the commencement of a press briefing to flag off activities marking the second anniversary of the Muhammadu Buhari administration
Onuekwusi, who worked with Channels TV for 19 years, is survived by a wife and three children.
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