The Oyo State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has sought a spiritual solution to the incessant deaths among its members.
In the last year, over three journalists in the state have died. Among the deceased is Mr. Najeem Raheem, a deputy photo editor with Guardian Newspaper, and Mr. Sunday Ogunyemi, an employee of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN). Others include Mr. Titus Badejo, who was killed by two masked gunmen, and Mr. David Ajiboye, who was until his death head of Fresh FM Ado Ekiti.
In its bid to prevent the deaths of its members, the union said that it has applied spiritual solutions to curb the deaths. To this end, the union said that it has invited both Muslim and Christian clerics to preside over an interfaith prayer for its members.
NUJ Secretary, Comrade Olusola Oladapo, in a statement, said that the prayer would take place soon.
While speaking further, Oladapo added that the prayer session organised by the executive of the union is aimed at seeking God’s face to end incessant and untimely deaths among journalists in the state and across the federation.
“The prayer session organised by the Ademola Babalola-led NUJ executives in the state is aimed at seeking God’s face to end incessant and untimely deaths among Journalists in the State and across the federation.
“Among the officiating clerics are Prophet Hezekiah Oladeji, the General Evangelist of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Worldwide and a renowned Islamic scholar, Sheikh Mudasiru Atanda Bada, the Chief Imam of Oluyole Estate Ibadan.
“The union appealed to all Journalists in the state to be punctual for this prayer meeting, praying that Almighty God put an end to untimely deaths among us.
“Thanks for your usual cooperation. God bless.”