Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Veteran Journalist, Abdulkarim Albashir Is Dead


Kaduna-based veteran journalist, Abdulkarim Albashir is dead at the age of 68.

Family sources said he died at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Shika, Zaria, at about 3:47pm after a protracted illness.

The deceased’s son, Gaddafi Albashir, confirmed the death of his father 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.

“The body has just been transported home at Kinkinau GRA in Kaduna and we are currently preparing for his burial tomorrow (today) by 11am,” one of the deceased’s sons also stated.

The late Albashir worked at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and was also editor-in-chief of the defunct New Democrat newspaper.

The fearless writer later became a notable columnist and maintained columns in several newspapers.

Before his death, he suffered an undisclosed ailment which led to the amputation of one of his legs about two years ago.

Earlier this month, the senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial zone, Shehu Sani, visited and donated $3,000 to the deceased to enable him secure an artificial limb.

The late Albashir is survived by one wife and seven children.

In a condolence statement issued by his senior special adviser, political and ideology, Suleiman Ahmed, yesterday, Senator Sani described Albashir as a journalist who exemplified himself in his field of discipline for decades.

He 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.

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