The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has expressed deep sadness over the passing of renowned journalist and Publisher of Nigerian NewsDirect, Dr. Samuel Ibiyemi who died at the age of 54.
In a statement, Obaseki said the news of the passing of Dr. Samuel Ibiyemi came to him as a rude shock, noting that he would be sorely missed. According to him, “I am saddened by the news of the passing of renowned journalist, clergy, and publisher of Nigerian NewsDirect, Dr. Samuel Ibiyemi.”
“Dr. Samuel Ibiyemi was a visionary and exceptional leader who dedicated his life to advancing the growth of our nation and uplifting the lives of its people.
“A man of many parts, the late Ibiyemi started his illustrious career as a soldier in the Nigerian Air Force before he transitioned into journalism, where he made an indelible mark, establishing Nigerian NewsDirect over a decade ago, contributing his quota to excellence in journalism and the growth and development of our society.
“A devout family man and committed servant of God, his devotion to serving God led to the establishment of the Great Grace Apostolic Church, Gasline, Sango-Ota, where he served as its presiding minister, leveraging the platform to bring solace and hope to countless individuals, providing spiritual guidance and uplifting the hearts of the faithful.
“His legacy will forever remain etched in the annals of our nation’s history and will be sorely missed.” The governor extended his deepest condolences to the Ibiyemi family, the staff and management of Nigerian NewsDirect, friends, and associates, praying that God grants them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.