Nigeria mourns as Alex Ibru, publisher of The Guardian dies -aged 66

by Chi Ibe

 

Alex Uruemu  Ibru, the Chairman and publisher of The Guardian newspaper, is dead. He was 66.

 
Breaking news from The Guardian said the former Minister of Internal Affairs died this afternoon and Nigerians all over the country have started sending  in messages and paying tribute to the man who changed their lives.

 
Comrade Debo Adeniran, human rights activist and convener, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, described Ibru’s death as unfortunate. He described him as a man who improved the society better than he met it.  Mr Adeniran said it was sad that he did not see the end of his case against Al-Mustapha and others.

 
Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, National President, Women Arise, described the death of Ibru as very painful, saying that he used the media to better the lots of the common man.

 
Festus Keyamo, prominent lawyer based in Lagos was shocked at the news. Keyamo said Nigerians would remember him for the role he played in changing the nation.

 
Mr Ibru was born on 1 March, 1945 in Delta State, south-south Nigeria. He was the youngest of the famous Ibru brothers whose entrepreneurship made the name almost synonymous with business in Nigeria.

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