A veteran journalist, who was a former Chairman of the Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan (3SC), Bode Oyewole, is dead.
Wife of the deceased, Bose Oyewole, confirmed news of his death to journalists in Ibadan, on Tuesday.
Oyewole, well known as Elder Bode Oyewole, according to his wife, died on Tuesday morning during a brief illness.
Oyewole, a veteran journalist, served as Chief Press Secretary to former Oyo State Governor, the late Kolapo Ishola.
Also, he was a former Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, and had served as the club Chairman when 3SC won two titles in 1998, the Nigerian first division league title and the West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup.
Meanwhile, The Oyo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has expressed shock at the death of Oyewole, a former chairman of the union.
The NUJ lamenting Oyewole’s death, said, it came at a time the council’s executive was planning a special programme in honour of another late former chairman, Pa Joel Abiola.
“The news of his demise came at a time when his wise counsel, experience and charismatic attributes as a father figure in NUJ and the society in general were much needed,” the NUJ leadership said.
The NUJ in its statement recalled that the late Oyewole on July 3 spoke with the incumbent chairman of the council, Ademola Babalola, on the demise of Abiola, who was his successor as NUJ chairman.
The NUJ said that the late Abiola, who died about three weeks ago, succeeded the late Oyewole as NUJ Chairman for two terms from 1981 to 1985.
The union said that the late Oyewole had assured Babalola that he would grace the burial of Abiola and the tribute day planned in honour of the deceased by the NUJ on Thursday at the press centre.
While condoling with the wife of the deceased, Bose, the children and his family, and veteran journalists in the state, praying that God would give them the fortitude to bear the loss, the NUJ also prayed that God would forgive Oyewole’s shortcomings and grant him eternal rest.