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Aboderin’s death is a big blow, not just to the entire media landscape of Nigeria and Africa, says NPO

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The media in Nigeria on Thursday expressed shock and sadness as they mourned the death of Gbadebowale Aboderin, Chairman of the Punch Group of Newspapers.

Aboderin, who was also chairman of the pan -African organisation, African Media Initiative (AMI), died on Wednesday at a Lagos hospital at the age of 60 years.

Reacting to the news, the Nigerian Press Organisation (NPO), consisting of the Newspaper Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (NPAN), the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), expressed utter sadness.

In a condolence message signed by its President, Nduka Obaigbena, NPO described Aboderin as “a consummate sport enthusiast” who was “jovial, amiable and easy going.

“His death is a big blow, not just to the Punch Group, but to the entire media landscape of Nigeria and Africa.”

According to the organisation, Aboderin “followed generations of media owners who served the public purpose.

“We offer our condolences to the Aboderin family and the Punch Group
“May his soul find peace. Perfect peace,” the statement concluded.