Posted by Garba Ahmed, Kaduna | 28 November 2016 | 2,443 times
Kaduna-based veteran journalist Abdulkareem Albashir has died at the age of 68.
His son Gaddafi Albashir confirmed the sad development on his Facebook wall.
“Join me in and my family in prayers. We lost our dad, Mallam Abdulkarim Albashir. May his soul rest in peace. Baba, we love you but Allah loves you more,” he stated.
Family sources said the wordsmith died around 3:47 p.m. on Monday at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Shika, Zaria, after a protracted illness.
“The body has just been transported home at Kinkinau GRA in Kaduna and we are currently preparing for his burial tomorrow, Tuesday, by 11am,” one of the sons said.
Senator representing Kaduna Central Shehu Sani in a condolence statement issued by Suleiman Ahmed, his Senior Special Adviser on Political Affairs and Ideology, described Albashir as a journalist who exemplified himself in his field of discipline for decades.
Mr. Sani also described Albashir as a man of dignity and honour who lived a reputable life of service to his country, and to humanity.
“His unmeasured contribution to the development of journalism in Nigeria can never be forgotten in the history of the profession,” he added.
Albashir is survived by one wife and seven children.
He was at various times on the staff of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and Editor-in-Chief of the defunct New Democrat newspapers before spending his remaining years as a columnist.
Photo shows late veteran journalist Abdulkareem Albashir.
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