As tributes continue to pour in for veteran journalist and Vice-Chairman of The Sun Newspaper, Dimgba Igwe, a former Lagos State governor and chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described his tragic death as shocking and unbelievable.
Igwe, 58, was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver while he was reportedly jogging on the street near his residence in the Okota area of Lagos on Saturday morning. He was immediately rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgical procedures but died afterwards.
In a statement on Saturday, Tinubu said: “The tribe of great journalists in Nigeria has again been depleted by this sudden and most heartbreaking death”.
“It is indeed a sad day for the Nigerian media and all those that were associated with Dimgba. He was a thorough-bred journalist and writer, who remained steadfast and lifted The Sun newspapers to a position of reckoning”, the former Lagos governor added.
He described the circumstances of Igwe’s passing away as painful and avoidable.
“I knew Dimgba personally and respected his professional contributions to building our country.
“I recall vividly my several encounters with him. I remember Dimgba and Mike Awoyinfa chasing me down and interviewing me for close to three hours on the book they were writing on Lagos state and the post-military era development. It was an enjoyable experience. He will be dearly missed.
“My condolences go out to his wife and family and all relatives. I pray God will grant them strength for this period and peace in abundance”, Tinubu stated.