22nd November, 2011
DEATH OF ALEX IBRU: CONDOLENCE MESSAGE
The media yesterday announced the death of Chief Alex Ibru, business mogul and publisher of The Guardian newspaper. Alex Ibru died on Sunday, 20th November after a 21-day illness. He was 66.
Ibru was a staunch promoter of freedom of the press. Unlike his peers in the media business, he gave unfettered free hand to journalists working for his newspaper and restrained himself from the temptation to censor journalists' reports before publications or rebuking them for news reports which did not suit his own taste.
He will be remembered for his unflinching support for the cause of freedom and democracy. Ibru consistently denounced the military junta of late General Sani Abacha. A fearless champion of Rousseau's General Will, he fought military dictatorship to a standstill and promoted the ideals of liberty and the rule of law.
Ibru's demise is the exit of a colossus.
The condolences of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) go to the family of Chief Alex Ibru. We also commiserate with the Nigerian civil society on the loss of this strong pillar. We pray that Almighty Allah will give family and friends of the deceased the strength to bear the loss.
Dr. Is-haq Akintola,
Is-haq Akintola (Ph.D),
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC),
Yahoo Group: groups.yahoo.com/group/muslimrights
Be just Justice is the soul of peace
No one can deny one and have the other
Neither can violence or naked force bring lasting peace