Shock and disbelief have befallen the journalism profession as the news of the demise of former President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Bonnie Iwuoha hit the airwaves.
President Muhammedu Buhari, describing him as a true patriot, bemoaned his sudden demise through a statement.
The President through a statement signed by one of his media aide, said Iwuoha a onetime Commissioner for Information in Abia State, was a giant in media affairs and discharged his duties as journalist diligence and humility.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State in his swift reaction over the death of the eminent journalists expressed profound shock and deep sadness at the news of the death of Comrade Bonnie Iwuoha on Monday, December 20, 2021, adding that the late Comrade Iwuoha was part of the inaugural State Executive Council put together by the Ikpeazu administration in 2015 where he served as Commissioner for Information.
Ikpeazu described the late Comrade Iwuoha as “a very professional journalist whose marks in the profession remain indelible. Bonnie was a gentleman of the first grade and a fantastic team player. He was soft spoken, patient and highly experienced in Information management”.
He further added “Bonnie was, most importantly, a practicing Christian who always put God first in all his dealings. Despite his great marks in the journalism profession, he remained very humble and calm.
“As a former National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Bonnie was well grounded in the business of journalism and had all requisite and necessary contacts which he always placed at our disposal when needed. Even after leaving office as Commissioner for Information, he remained part and parcel of our administration. His death is indeed very sad”.
The governor urges members of his family, his professional colleagues as well as friends and relatives of the late Comrade Iwuoha to accept the reality of the situation since death remains one of those inescapable destinies of all mortal men and prayed the Almighty God to grant his gentle soul eternal rest and console his family.
Lagos, Enugu and Imo State governments in separate condolences also expressed sadness over the death of the former NUJ President and said he represented the best in the journalism profession, pointing out that Comrade Iwuoha will be remembered for his ceaseless efforts to position the profession in the right direction.
Similarly, hundreds of Nigerian journalists across Nigeria continued last night to mourn their former President, wondering why his death should snatch him away now that his experience in strengthening the Nigerian Guide of Editors which served as strong member and NUJ which he held sway as President.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.