By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Oyo State Council on Tuesday announced the passing of another former Chairman of the union, Elder Bode Oyewole.
Oyewole was Chairman of the NUJ between 1978 to 1980.
He was later Chairman of the Oluyole Warriors, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan.
Oyewole, it was gathered, recently spoke with the incumbent chairman of the council, Ademola Babalola, on July 3rd, 2020 on the news of the demise of one of his successors in office, Joe Abiola (a.k.a. Atumah).
Abiola, who also died about three weeks ago, took over from Oyewole and was NUJ Chairman for two terms, spanning between 1981 and 1985.
Oyewole had assured Babalola through a phone call that he would grace the burial of Abiola and especially the tributes night being planned in honour of the deceased by NUJ this Thursday at 2 pm in Iyaganku Press Centre.
Lamenting the death of the erstwhile union leader, Babalola in a statement signed by the Secretary of NUJ, Comrade Sola Oladapo, said the NUJ on Tuesday mourned the passing of another personality and former chairman of the council.
He described Oyewole’s passing as “shocking, devastating, unexpected, sad and one that caught the union unawares, adding that late Oyewole had an outstanding career in the pen profession and NUJ and at 3SC.
Oladapo said the news came when the executive was planning a special programme in honour of Abiola, saying, “the news of his demise came at a time when his wise counsel, experience and charismatic attributes as a father figure in NUJ and the society, in general, are much needed.”
The NUJ prays God to forgive the shortcomings of Oyewole popularly called Uncle B.O, and grant him eternal rest.
The council condoled the family especially the wife, Mrs Bose Oyewole, the children and veteran journalists in the state and prayed to God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss.