His thoughts, ideals, views on journalism and in life motivated many of us who came close to him and will continue to inspire us. Here are my remarks as the tributes flow in praise of a good man that he was.
Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua (1942-2020), who died in Abuja on July 20 at the age of 78, evokes different emotions in different people. To many, he was just a friend and ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, while others would simply tag him as a member of the Aso Rock cabal, consisting of himself, late Mallam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President and Mallam Mamman Daura.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ibitola, a senior lecturer and Acting Head of Department of Physical Sciences of the university, reportedly slumped and died in his apartment in Okitipupa on June 5.
Osinowo, popularly known as Peperrito, died on June 15.
Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua was a gentleman of the highest status and grade; he doubled as a gentleman of gentlemen. He was brilliant, witty, cerebral, profound, suave, civilised and cosmopolitan. It is repeating the obvious to say that he was intellectually deep and religiously sound. To those of us who knew and worked with him closely, his niceties were mesmerising.
The Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has eulogized a late political stalwart and industrialist, Pa Isamota Okesola Ashiru, describing his as a true progressive, whose death has created a political vacuum in the state.