Mr. Awolowo died in a U.K. hospital earlier in the week.
The Northern States Governors Forum has described the death of the publisher of Tribune Newspapers, Oluwole Awolowo, as a great loss to journalism profession and humanity in general.
The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, said the role of the late Mr. Awolowo, as the Tribune publisher for many years, will remain evergreen in the history of the paper, which has leapt to great heights since it was established by the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo.
“Thanks to the vision, commitment and hard work of the late publisher, and the hordes of journalists and others who have worked or are still working at The Tribune, the paper has become a leading light in our country’s media industry,’’ the chairman said in a statement signed by his spokesperson, Danladi Ndayebo.
The statement expressed the hope that the generation of journalists who benefited from the immense knowledge and managerial acumen of the late publisher will keep the flag flying by protecting the legacy Mr. Awolowo left behind.
The forum commiserated with the members of Awolowo family and prayed that God will give them the fortitude to bear the irredeemable loss, while also granting the departed eternal rest.
Also, the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, had commiserated with the Awolowo family over the death of the publisher.
In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, in Lagos, the party said it received the news of the death “with great shock and much sadness.”
“Our prayer is that God will grant him eternal rest and comfort those he left behind” the party added.
The ACN paid tribute to late Oluwole Awolowo whom it observed contributed to deepening democracy and for his great efforts in sustaining Tribune newspapers.