Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, his Federal Capital Territory (FCT), counterpart, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed and the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) yesterday condoled with the management and staff of the New Telegraph Newspaper over the death of their Managing Editor (North), Mr. Suleiman Bisalla.
Bisalla died with 20 other Nigerians in the Wednesday's bomb explosion in Abuja.
Aregbesola said the news of the sudden death of Bisalla was indeed a depressing, miserable and sad piece of news to him.
In a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, Aregbesola described the untimely death of Bisalla as one that had once again robbed the media industry and the country of a young, energetic man and a fine journalist.
The governor said, the sudden transition of Bisalla would no doubt leave a huge vacuum in his immediate work place, New Telegraph and the media industry as a whole.
He described the death of the journalist and the 20 others as an enormous sacrifice signposted by the pervading atmosphere of insecurity that for sometime now has enveloped some parts of the country.
The statement said in part: “There is no gainsaying the fact that the nation, media world and particularly the budding New Telegraph will miss Bisalla’s invaluable contribution to the newspaper as well as informed writings and reportage.”
Also, Maku in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Joseph Mutah, described the late Bisalla as a dedicated and talented professional who acquainted himself satisfactorily as a reporter and editor.
The minister however, urged the staff of the New Telegraph Newspaper not to be demoralised by the sad and unfortunate incident.
On his party, Mohammed described Bisalla as an outstanding journalist who practised the journalism profession in line with its guiding ethics and principles.
The minister stated that there are valuable lessons to be learnt from the life of Bisalla, stressing that humility, hard work, honesty and integrity were his guiding principles.
Similarly, a statement by the NGE president, Mr Femi Adesina, said: “As we condole the Bisalla family, and the families of the other dead victims, we can't but ask: where and who next? Nigeria, very sadly, has become one huge sepulcher, and death now very cheap. Unnatural deaths have become so commonplace, that Nigerians are almost becoming inured to the news of it, except those directly affected. This is not good for our common humanity.
“We recognise the almost intractable nature of the insurgency in the land, and government is trying its level best. But it remains the bounden duty of government to secure the lives and property of the citizenry, and we, therefore, ask that our security agencies will not relent in carrying out their constitutionally prescribed duties. Terrorism must never get the better of us. Never. But we must devise new tactics and strategies to rein in the situation.”