A luminous epoch on print journalism ended somewhat abruptly on Sunday, May 24, 2020, with the death of Abdulwaheed Bakare, editor of Saturday Telegraph.
His death was confirmed in a statement issued by Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN). The statement was, however, silent on the cause of death.
According to the statement signed by its National President, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the late Abdulwaheed Bakare was a thoroughbred journalist.
The statement reads: “On behalf of Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), we condole with the immediate family of our beloved brother, editor and member, Abdulwaheed Bakare, Editor, Saturday Telegraph, who answered Allah’s call on Sunday May 24, 2020 ( Shawwal 1, 1441 A.H.)
“Brother Bakare was a thoroughbred Journalist, a devoted brother to his Deen. A family man and above all a humble and wonderful personality.
“Recently, he took part in the financial contribution to the Covid-19 palliatives by a coalition of 55 Muslim groups in which MMPN is a member.
“His death coming on the Sallah day is quite painful to us as a group but we are consoled that he died as a believer and a committed Muslim.
“O Allah, forgive his shortcomings, have mercy on him , keep him safe and sound, honor the place where he will settle and make his entrance wide; wash him with water and snow and cleanse his sins as a white garment is cleansed of dirt.”
“May Allah grant the family in particular and the Ummah in general the fortitude to bear the departure of a beloved dedicated brother .
“Oh Allah make the uneasy, easy for the Ummah and the entire family to bear the monumental trial of the death of a beloved one .
“May Allah watch over the family he left behind and reunite us with him in Al – Janah Firdaus.
“May Allah make it easy for each and every one of us to strive hard in pleasing Allah before our destined period of death.
“Farahun Warayanu Wajanati Naheem….”