Mr. Bonnie Iwuoha, the former Commissioner of Information for the state of Abia and the former National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has died.
Late Iwuoha, who served as the Union’s national president from 1996 to 1997, died in Umuahia, Abia State, on Monday evening.
On Tuesday night, his death was confirmed in a press release signed by NUJ National President Chris Isiguzo and forwarded.
Between 1991 and 1993, the deceased journalist served as Managing Editor/Head of Editorial Department at the Daily Times of Nigeria, as well as a Media Adviser to the then-Governor of Abia State.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Journalists has expressed sorrow over the veteran journalist’s untimely death.
“A very committed member of the NUJ, Mr Bonnie Iwuoha was very passionate about the union and he dedicated his time and energy towards building a better union and enhancing the practice of the profession,” according to the release.
“In 2003, he worked with the late Prince Tony Momoh and others as a member of the NUJ National Registration Council to produce the first ever compendium of journalists in Nigeria.”
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The Union has directed all 36 State councils and the Federal Capital Territory to open condolence registers in the name of the deceased leader, and the union has declared a three-day mourning period from Tuesday, December 28 to Thursday, December 30, 2021.
The NUJ also expressed its condolences to his immediate family as well as the journalism community, and prayed that God Almighty would ease the pain of his untimely death.