By Suleiman Adamu, Sokoto
Members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists’ (NUJ) Sokoto state Chapter commiserates with the families, friends and relatives of its former Chairman, Alhaji Abba Lawan Kurmawa who died on Monday night after a brief illness.
Late Kurmawa who died at the Nasarawa Hospital in Kano was a former Sokoto State Correspondent of the Kano owned Triumph Newspapers and Freedom Radio, Kano.
In a release by the Chapel’s Secretary and Correspondent of The Leadership Newspaper , Mr Ankeli Emmanuel said the Chapel and the state Chapter of the NUJ received with deep shock the news of Kurmawa’s demise .
The release reads:” What A Transient World…As We Loss Alhaji Abba Lawan Kurmawa.
” With deep shock and pains in our hearts, we, members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Sokoto State Chapter wish to commiserate with the families, friends and relatives of Alhaji Abba Lawan Kurmawa over his sudden demise yesterday, 15th November, 2021 after a brief illness at the Nasarawa hospital, Kano, Kano State.
” Aside been an elder and a respectable veteran colleague, the late Alhaji Abba Lawan Kurmawa was the immediate past chairman of the Correspondent Chapel who introduced tremendous positive changes.
” As chairman of the Chapel, the late Abba gave his very best, by not just being a father, but he also passionately and transparently carried everybody along.
” The late Abba’s grasp and analysis of affairs was legendary, just as his legacies of passion, love, humane, dedication and believe in the strength of the media as a unifier rather than agents of division is something that will ever remain fresh in the minds of all his professional colleagues.
” While praying that the Almighty Allah give his family, and all of us the fortitude to bear the loss, we prayed Allah grant his gentle soul Aljannat firdaus”, the release concluded.
Meanwhile , Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state commiserates with the families of Abba Lawan Kurmawa, a veteran journalist, who passed away and left behind an indelible mark in media practice in the state and beyond.
Mourning the demise of the gentleman, according to a release by Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Ganduje lamented that, “This death is a great loss to all of us. It is a loss to journalism profession, it is a loss to the state and indeed to his families, both immediate and extended.”
The death, according to the governor, was shocking to all lengths. Adding that, “Abba Lawan Kurmawa can best be described as humane, disciplined, humble, down-to-earth, people-oriented, righteous and great patriotic citizen, during his lifetime.”
“It is with painful feeling and increasing hope for his reposed soul, that I am extending the heartfelt condolences of the state government and the good people of Kano state, to his immediate families, Triumph Newspapers family, his friends and well wishers” he said.
He prayed that, “May Almighty Allah forgive all his shortcomings and reward his good deeds. May Allah give his families and all of us, the fortitude to bear this great loss.”