The International Press Institute IPI has announced the death of one of its pillars, Mallam Wada Maida.
Mallam Wada, 70, died at his residence in Abuja last night.
Until his death, Mallam Wada was the member representing Nigeria on the executive board of IPI in Vienna, Austria.
He was a distinguished journalist and Chairman of the People’s Daily newspaper, former Managing Director and lately, Chairman, Board of Directors of News Agency of Nigeria NAN and former Chief Press Secretary to former Nigerian military head of state, retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and current President of Nigeria.
In a statement signed by the Chairman IPI Nigerian chapter, Kabiru Yusuf and the Secretary, Raheem Adedoyin, “IPI mourns the passing into eternity of this doyen of Nigerian journalism and long- time member of the global network of media executives for a free press”.
“IPI also commiserates with the family of our late leader and the media community.
We pray that the Almighty Allah gives the family and the media community the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
May Allah grant Mallam Wada Aljanah Firdaus. Ameen”, the statement concluded.
Source: Voice of Nigeria