The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) says it is shocked by the death of its former president, Wada Maida.
The former Chief Press Secretary to President Muhammadu Buhari, Maida, passed away on Monday, aged 70.
In a statement co-signed by its president, Mustapha Isah, and secretary, Mary Atolagbe, on Tuesday, NGE described Maida as a “thorough-bred professional, who contributed immensely to the development of the Nigerian journalism profession”.
It, however, expressed condolences to his family, colleagues as well as the government and people of Katsina State.
Read full statement below:
Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) is shocked at the death of one of its former Presidents, Malam Wada Maida.
He died in his home in Abuja on Monday, August 17, 2020, at the age of 70.
He was until his death, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and a member of the Executive Board of the International Press Institute (IPI).
He was also the Chairman of Peoples Media Limited, publishers of Peoples Daily newspaper.
The accomplished journalist served as the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to President Muhammadu Buhari, as military Head of State between December 31, 1983, and August 26, 1985.
He was appointed Managing Director of NAN in 1994, after serving for nine years as its Editor- in- Chief.
Born in Katsina State on March 5, 1950, Mallam Wada Maida was admitted into the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) in 1971, Indiana School of Mass Communication between 1972 and 1975 and Aberdeen College of Commerce, the UK between 1975 and 1977.
Mallam Wada Maida was a thorough-bred professional, who contributed immensely to the development of the Nigerian journalism profession. His achievements as President of the Guild will never be forgotten. The death of this veteran journalist has robbed African journalism of the services of a man who was fully committed to the development of the profession.
He was a shining role model for those behind him in the journalism profession, where he stood out as a defender of free speech, promoter of the finest ethics of journalism and successful media entrepreneur.
Though his sudden demise is painful, the Guild takes solace in the fact that Mallam Wada Maida left indelible footprints in the Nigerian media industry as a Reporter, Editor, Editor-in-Chief, Managing Director and Publisher.
The Guild expresses its condolences to his family, colleagues as well as the government and people of Katsina State.
May Allah grant him Aljannah.