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Regional News of Tuesday, 31 August 2021


Oyo: Journalists seek spiritual solution over death of members

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The Oyo State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has sought spiritual aid for the death of its members.

The union has mourned no fewer than four journalists since the turn of the year.

Among those who died this year is Mr. Najeem Raheem, a deputy photo editor with Guardian Newspaper and Mr. Sunday Ogunyemi, an employee of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), according to Daily Post.

Others include Mr. Titus Badejo, who was killed by two masked gunmen, and Mr. David Ajiboye, who was until his death head of Fresh FM Ado Ekiti.

In other to put a halt to the incessant deaths, the union said it has invited both Muslim and Christian clerics to preside over an interfaith prayer for its members.

A statement made available to the press by NUJ Secretary, Comrade Olusola Oladapo said the prayer will be held on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

Oladapo while speaking further added that the prayer session organized by the executive of the union is aimed at seeking God’s face to end incessant and untimely deaths among journalists in the state and across the federation, Daily Post said.

He said, “This is to invite all journalists in Oyo State to a special interdenominational prayer coming up on Wednesday, September 1 at the NUJ Press Centre Iyanganku Ibadan by 1 pm.

“The prayer session organised by the Ademola Babalola-led NUJ executives in the state is aimed at seeking God’s face to end incessant and untimely deaths among Journalists in the State and across the federation.

“Among the officiating clerics are Prophet Hezekiah Oladeji, the General Evangelist of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Worldwide and a renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Mudasiru Atanda Bada, the Chief Imam of Oluyole Estate Ibadan.

“The union appealed to all Journalists in the state to be punctual for this prayer meeting, praying that Almighty God put an end to untimely deaths among us.

“Thanks for your usual cooperation. God bless.”