One of the brightest professionals in the Nigerian journalism industry, Chief Pini Jason Onyegbadue, died Saturday afternoon at Tale Clinic Yaba, Lagos at the age of 65.
The late Pini Jason as he was popularly known was a prolific writer who made his name in journalism in the late 70s while working as a freelance journalist. He later took up a full-time employment at the African Guardian and as well worked for other media outfits, including ThisWeek, where he served as its Managing Editor and then Insider Confidential Newsletter as the Editor-in-Chief.
He was also the publisher of the now-rested Examiner newspaper but became famous when he took up a column for Vanguard. Pini Jason also served in the government of Ikedi Ohakim in Imo State between 2007 and 2011 as a special adviser
Reacting to the death, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, in a statement yesterday said: “I am sorry to hear of the death of Pink Jason, a friendly senior colleague and a very decent man. His attitude to life was always positive.”
He wrote columns that were set apart by their clarity, thoughtfulness, sound knowledge and commitment to public good. We have lost another true defender of the people’s interests. He will be sorely missed by the Nigeria media family, and particularly his numerous readers. My best wishes to his family.”