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Oparadike, a colossal loss – Onyeneke, Ebe

Two media giants in Imo State have been mourning the loss of one of Nigeria’s finest journalists, Sir Innocent Oparadike, who died recently.
They are Chief Fidel Onyeneke, a media consultant and one time Imo State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Chief Sir Martin Ebe, Christian Voice Managing Editor and former Managing Director of Imo Newspapers Ltd, Owerri.
In a statement issued in Owerri, Chief Onyeneke expressed shock over the sudden death of the veteran journalist describing it as a colossal loss to the media profession.
Chief Onyeneke said that death had snatched a first class media guru who made immense contributions to the growth and development of modern Journalism, not just in Nigeria but Africa at large.
Onyeneke, a former Imo State Chairman and National Trustee of the NUJ, recalled the immeasurable services Chief Oparadike rendered as a public servant and politician which brought dignity and honour to Imo State and Nigeria.
“The story of the Imo State Orientation Agency cannot be written without Innocent Oparadike.  I served in the committee headed by him to fashion out the blueprint for the establishment of the Agency”, Onyeneke stated.
Chief Onyeneke said that the late journalist was very patriotic in national affairs and had the interest of Nigerians at heart.
He called for the immortalization of the name of Oparadike for his role in public education, enlightenment and social development.
Chief Onyeneke expressed sincere condolences to the Oparadike family, NUJ, Imo people and Nigerians over this huge loss.
Sir Ebe, in his own statement, said that Sir Oparadike was a committed journalist who contributed immensely to the advancement of journalism in the country.
“He was brave, courageous,  courteous and accommodating.  He discharged his duties with great energy and was very meticulous.  Oparadike was my mentor and role model”, Sir Ebe stated.
He went on to state that he would be missed by all who have had to come closer to him and extended his condolences to his amiable wife, Esther, and the children.
“May God give them the strength to bear the loss”  Ebe prayed.

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