By Seyifunmi Odunuga
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Oyo State Council under the leadership of Ademola Babalola has mourned the death of one of its members, Najeem Raheem.
Newsmen reports that Raheem, in his early 50s, died in the early hours of Monday during a brief illness.
The late Raheem until his death, was a photo journalist with the Guardian Newspapers and a member of NUJ Oyo State Council.
A statement jointly signed by the Oyo NUJ Chairman, Com. Ademola Babalola and the Secretary, Olusola Ladapo,” described Raheem’s death as unfortunate and devastating, adding they had mobilised support for him on hearing of his sickness some weeks back.
The deceased had early this year lost his parents in a single day and planning for their burial when the ugly incident of his death was announced on Monday morning.
It said that the late Raheem was a very humble, dutiful, diligent jovial and friendly colleague, who distinguished himself professionally in his chosen career.
The union prayed that Almighty Allah accept him into Aljanah Firdaous and grant his family fortitude to bear his irreplaceable loss.
Also, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists(NAWOJ), Oyo State Chapter has commiserated with the NUJ on Raheem’s death.
The NAWOJ in release signed by its Chairperson, Comrade Jadesola Ajibola, described Raheem’s death as a rude shock.
“It’s a painful one. Raheem was an easy going man with a heart of gold. We will forever remember you. May the Almighty God keep his family, insha Allah,” it said.
Finally the, Chairman and the entire NUJ, Oyo State Council, praying that the union won’t experience such again.