By Isa Isawade
National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described the late Waheed Bakare as a diligent and committed journalist, who was devoted to the journalism profession.
According to the former governor of Lagos State, Waheed’s career ” was hallmarked by diligence, commitment, perseverance and professionalism.”
Tinubu commiserated with the late editor’s family and condoled the management of Telegraph Newspaper and the Guild of Editors over his demise.
The APC leader specifically condoled with the Managing Director of Telegraph Newspaper, Mr Ayo Aminu, in a condolence message signed by his Media Aide, Mr Tunde Rahman, on Tuesday in Lagos.
“I’m deeply saddened by the news of the death of your colleague, Mr Waheed Bakare, the Saturday Telegraph Editor.
“I have been made to understand and appreciate Mr Bakare’s journalism trajectory, particularly his rise from being an assistant editor at Punch Newspapers to the zenith of the profession as an editor at Telegraph Newspaper.
“I recall his contributions on Journalist Hangout, TVC’s award-winning programme, where he engaged in an incisive analysis of national issues”, Tinubu said.
He, therefore, described Waheed’s death as “a sad loss, not only to his family, the Telegraph Newspaper, the Guild of Editors and the media industry generally but also a big loss to all of us.
“My thoughts are with his family and colleagues at Telegraph Newspaper at this moment.
“I pray that Allah SWT accept the soul of Waheed, reward his good deeds as a devout Muslim, forgive his sins and grant him Aljanna Fridaus Amin.’’
Waheed, Saturday Editor of the New Telegraph, died on Eid-el Fitri day, Sunday 24 May 2020 in Lagos, Nigeria.