The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo has described the exit of the former Vice Chairman of The Sun Publishing Limited, Dimgba Igwe as painful and ironic.
Nebo who sympathised with Nigeria’s Press Community over the death expressed shock and sadness, saying that the sudden death of such a lively, vibrant and purposeful man may seem inexplicable, but he believes that the deceased fulfilled God’s purpose for his life.
In a condolence message through his Special Assistant on Media, Kande Daniel, the Minister said Dimgba Igwe was “A gentleman to the core; he did not bury the talent God gave him, but used it to pursue the greatest good for the greatest number of members of the human race. He was a fearless advocate and dogged fighter for the good of the society, using his pen, having discovered his talent early enough.
“Like many a Nigerian journalist, Igwe never balked or shirked the responsibility of telling the truth always, exposing the malfeasance in the society no matter the cost, as demanded by the journalism profession. What is more, he realized also that God’s expectation of man does not stop at caring for the body alone, but includes the more important injunction of nurturing the spirit, and so he devoted himself to this as well, as a pastor.”
Professor Nebo urged Nigerian journalists to be guided and encouraged by the life of the deceased professional icon, and to thank God for allowing him pass through this side of the globe.
He added: “The only debt we owe him at this point in time is to ensure that the fire he ignited in our hearts by his advocacy on the pages of newspapers and on the pulpit is not extinguished with his exit.”
On behalf of his family and the staff and management of the Federal Ministry of Power, the Minister expressed deep condolences with the Igwe family, the management and staff of the Sun Group and Nigeria’s journalism community on the loss.
The condolence message ended thus: “I cease this opportunity to appreciate and celebrate Nigerian journalists, typified by Igwe, as heroes of nationalism, independence and democracy, who have, in recent
times, also greatly shaped public perception and aided understanding of energy development issues, locally and internationally.”
Recall, Dimgba Igwe was killed recently through a carelessness of a hit-and-run driver while he was jogging to keep fit.