A Kaduna-based journalist, Abdulkareem Albashir, died on Monday at the age of 68.
Family sources said he died at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, around 3:47 p.m. after a protracted illness.
“The body has just been transported home at Kinkinau GRA in Kaduna and we are currently preparing for his burial tomorrow Tuesday by 11am,” one of the sons of the deceased said.
The senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, in a condolence statement issued by his aide, Suleiman Ahmed, described Mr. Albashir as a journalist who exemplified himself in his field of discipline for decades.
Mr. Sani also described Mr. Albashir as a man of dignity and honour who lived a reputable life of service to his country, and to humanity.
“His unmeasured contribution to the development of journalism in Nigeria can never be forgotten in the history of the profession,” he added.
Mr. Albashir is survived by one wife and seven children.
He was a staff of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, a former editor-in-chief of the defunct New Democrat newspapers, and a columnist.