From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh,Kano
Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has joined well meaning Nigerians in mourning the death of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Former Chief Press Secretary, Malam Wada Maida.
In an emotion-laden Press Statement signed by Kano state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, Ganduje consoled President Buhari, Maida’s family and members, the nation, government and people of Katsina state, members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm, over the death of the veteran journalist.
The Statement which was released on Monday stated that: “Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state received with profound shock the passing away of the renowned journalist and former Editor-in-Chief/Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Malam Wada Maida on Monday.
“The Governor also described Maida’s death as a saddening national loss.
“Maida, who until his death was Chairman, Board of Directors of Peoples Media Limited, chairman Daily Trust Foundation and Chairman, Board of Directors of NAN, is an accomplished journalist, an astute public officer, a rare individual of immense talents and abilities who lived a life full of service to humanity.
“Maida’s contribution to the development of the media in the country remains laudable, particularly his venture into publishing and expressed the belief that his commitment to peace and unity of the country, through his chosen profession, would always be remembered.
“I commiserate with the deceased’s family, President Muhammadu Buhari under whom Maida had served as Chief Press Secretary when he was Military Head of State, the government and people of Katsina state, Peoples Daily newspaper, International Press Institute and the media industry in general.
“While praying Almighty Allah to give his family, friends, the media industry the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, I pray for Al-jannatul firdaus to be Maida’s final abode.”