President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed commiserated with the publishers of the Sun Newspapers, Mr. Orji Kalu over the death of its Vice Chairman, Mr. Dimgba Igwe.
Jonathan also expressed condolence to the Nigerian Guild of Editors, friends and associates, saying he received with shock, the sad news of the untimely death of Mr. Igwe, Vice Chairman of the Sun Newspapers.
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President “on behalf of himself, his family and the Federal Government of Nigeria, President Jonathan extends heartfelt commiserations to the publishers of the Sun newspapers, the Nigerian Guild of Editors, and all friends and associates of Mr. Igwe, for whom his unexpected death must be exceedingly painful.
“President Jonathan believes that the late Mr. Igwe will always be remembered as a hardworking and dependable professional, who, through his various writings as columnist, author and public speaker, demonstrated a special ability to convey the truth and his convictions in lucid, compelling prose, and in a style that was shorn of cant and foppery.
“As they mourn him, the President enjoins Mr. Igwe’s family, friends and associates to be consoled by the knowledge that he put his God-given abilities to the best possible use in a very purposeful life that was wholly devoted to the defence of truth and the public interest, as well as the promotion of the highest standards of his chosen profession of journalism.
“President Jonathan prays that God Almighty will grant them the fortitude to bear the loss of the very forthright journalist and media administrator, and also grant his soul, peaceful repose.
Igwe, one of Nigeria’s most journalists, of the Weekend Concord and SUN tabloid fame died in the early hour of today from an injury sustained in an accident.
The veteran journalist, it was learnt, died early morning of Saturday, 6th September, 2014 while undergoing surgery for injuries received during the auto accident.
He was reportedly knocked down this Saturday morning during his routine morning exercise by a hit and run driver.
He was then rushed to a private hospital from where it was discovered that his case required surgery. Dimgba as was fondly called died during the surgery.
Dimgba Igwe, until his death, an ordained pastor, alongside with his closest friend, Mike Awoyinfa, midwifed one of Nigeria’s highest selling newspapers, the Sun.