A Democracy inclined Non-Governmental Organization- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA [HURIWA] has expressed both shock and consternation at the death of the renowned journalist and Vice Chairman of Sun group of newspapers, Mr. Dimgba Igwe.
He was reported killed by a car while jogging on Saturday morning in Lagos State.
Besides, the Rights group has called on state governments and the ministry of the Federal Capital Territory to restore the once admired right of way for pedestrians and bicycle ridding citizens in the planning and execution of city and township’s infrastructure to save pedestrians from the menacing threats of extinction by rough and sometimes drunken drivers in most Nigerian cities.
In a statement in reaction to the report of the killing of the famous journalist and a clergyman, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA [HURIWA] through the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Director of Media Affairs Ms. Zainab Yusuf has also called on the Federal Ministry of Information, the Nigerian Union of Journalists and the Nigerian Guild of Editors to jointly work out comprehensive policy on how to immortalize the memory of this credible and cerebral creative writer and quintessential journalist who edified the practice of what we may call stylistic and humorous and comical writing of otherwise very serious thematic issues to the admiration of millions of readers.
HURIWA wants the proposed headquarters of the Nigerian Guild of Editors in Abuja named after Mr. Dimgba Igwe because of his immense contributions to journalism in Nigeria even as it called on the Nigerian University Commission to erect a professorial seat in the faculty of mass communications in one of the Federal Universities to document and pass on to generations yet unborn the large volumes of journalistic activities of the late scholar and journalist.
HURIWA stated that; “We join millions of people in Nigeria to mourn the demise in the most cruel fashion of one of the nation’s finest minds and easily the most widely read back page newspaper columnist in contemporary Nigeria Mr. Dimgba Igwe who also excelled in the field of authorship of scholarly books. We call on the Nigerian Government through the office of the Federal Minister of information to meet with the Nigerian Union of Journalists and the Nigerian Guild of Editors to formulate and implement rapid measures on how to immortalize the memory of Mr. Dimgba Igwe who served Nigeria meritoriously using his prodigious gift of the creative writing and scholarship. We also wish to remind all state governors and the minister of Abuja to ensure that pedestrians are given their right of way in the planning and implementation of city infrastructure and there has to be an effective way of monitoring the abuses of pedestrians’ right of way by callous and reckless motorists. There is no justification for any driver to run down a man/woman jogging if not that such a heartless driver is an anarchist who is so mean as to knock down a human being he/she must have seen clearly. This is so sad.”
HURIWA has also called for stiffer penalty to be imposed to reckless drivers to serve as deterrent to would be violators of the fundamental human rights of pedestrians in Nigeria.