• Mrs. Maiden Ibru, widow of the late publisher of The Guardian, Mr. Alex Ibru; President, Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) and Chairman/Editor-in-Chief, THISDAY, Mr. Nduka Obaigbena; former governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba; Publisher, Vanguard Media, Uncle Sam Amuka Pemu; former president of NPAN, Alhaji Isah Funtua; General Secretary, Ms Comfort Obi and Managing Director of The Sun Newspaper, Mr. Tony Oyima, during a condolence visit by the association’s members to the residence of Mr. Ibru who died recently at Ikoyi… yesterday PHOTO: Kola Olasupo
More encomiums were Friday showered on the late publisher of The Guardian, Mr Alex Ibru, as the executive council of the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria paid a condolence visit to the Ibrus residence.
The association’s executive council led by its President and Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of THISDAY, Mr Nduka Obai-gbena, described the late Ibru’s contribution to journalism as remarkable.
Chairman of Trust Publications, Alhaji Kabiru Yusuf, said he would always cherish the role Ibru played in his life given that the late publisher had actually given him his first job as a young graduate.
NPAN’s former President, Alhaji Isah Funtua, reminisced on the joyous and painful moments he shared with Ibru who died on November 20 particularly the trying period of The Guardian’s closure by the military government.
It was an emotional moment when the late publisher’s widow, Mrs Maiden Ibru, recounted the difficult moments after he survived an assassination attempt. “He never quite recovered from the traumatic experience,” she said.
Other members of the team include former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, Publisher, Vanguard Media, Uncle Sam Amuka Pemu, General Secretary, Ms Comfort Obi, Managing Director of The Sun News-paper, Mr. Tony Oyima, and Editor-in-Chief of Lead-ership, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah.