The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria MSSN in Lagos State, have expressed deep condolences over the death of a firebrand journalist and Editor, Mr. Waheed Bakare.
Until his death, Bakare was the Saturday Editor of the New Telegraph.
Bakare, who died after a brief illness on Sunday, was buried at his residence on Monday according to Islamic rites.
The President of the students body in Lagos state, Dr. Saheed Ashafa , described the death of Bakare as monumental loss for the Nigerian Muslim community, media industry, and young media professionals.
Dr. Ashafa said the deceased played a potent role in mentorship, sponsorship, and training of young Muslim and aspiring media professionals, some of whom have become “giants”in the media industry.
“MSSN Lagos and a lot of young media professionals just cannot forget Mr. Waheed Bakare in a hurry. We are all beneficiaries of his vast and profound knowledge and professional media expertise.
“He trained our members on several occasions. He mentored and sponsored a number of our members for media programmes. He was indeed a great achiever,” he said.
He recalled that Bakare was one of the beneficiaries of the MSSN Lagos Media Merit Award.
Dr. Ashafa described him as thorough bred Muslim editor worthy of emulation by other Muslim media experts, Ashafa said “his position benefited Islam and Muslim organisations in no small measure”.
He prayed that Allah accepts him as a righteous servant and forgive all his shortcomings and give the bereaved family the enabling fortitude to bear the loss.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari through this media aide, Femi Adesina, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State as well as other notable Nigerians have also expressed their deep condolences to the family of the late Journalist.
Source: Voice of Nigeria