By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Chairman, Nigeria’s Former Governors’ Forum and immediate past executive Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has described the passage of the publisher of the Leadership Newspapers, Sam Nda-Isaiah as a monumental loss to Nigeria and the newspaper industry in the country but prayed that the newspaper finds strength in the absence of its head to keep its steam.
Dr. Babangida Aliyu grieved over the sudden demise of the publisher who he described as one of Nigeria’s finest columnists, a prolific writer and a serious minded politician.
In a statement of condolence issued on his behalf by his media aide in Minna, the former governor said the exit of Sam Nda-Isaiah has left a huge gulf that would not be replaced.
In the statement, the former governor registered his condolence to the immediate family members of the deceased publisher, staffers of the Leadership Newspaper stable, the Nigerian Newspapers industry, the Newspaper Proprietors fraternity, the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ), friends and associates of the deceased.
The former governor who is the Talban Minna, and former Chairman, 19 Northern States Governors’ Forum prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased even as he prayed for God’s enabling grace on the family of the deceased.
He expressed strong hope that despite the exit of the newspaper guru, the Leadership Newspaper stable would find strength in it’s publisher’s spirit to keep and sustain his ideals and principle which he noted had kept the Leadership Newspaper high on the bloc as a leading print media in Nigeria.
Dr. Babangida Aliyu enjoined the immediate family members of the publisher and the company’s management to ensure that the legacies, name and tradition of the Leadership Newspaper stable remain alive for posterity sake and for the good of man and society.