The Moro’a community of Kaura Local Government Area, Kaduna State has described the demise of a former Editor-in-chief of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Shehu Abui, as a “colossal” loss.
The National President, Moro’a Development Association (MDA), Mr Daniel Gaggah, told NAN in Kaduna on Wednesday, that Abui had contributed immensely to the development of the land.
NAN reports that Abiu, who served as Editor-in-Chief between 2000 and 2006, died in the early hours of Wednesday at the age of 74, following a brief illness.
Gaggah said that Abui left when the community was in dire need of people with ideas that would move the community to recovery from the economic hardship caused by COVID-19.
He described the life and times of the deceased as a “blessing” not only to the people of Moro’a land, but to the state and the country at large.
“It was a terrible loss and he will be greatly missed,” the MDA chairman said.
Abui was born on May 21, 1946 in Zaria, to the family of Abui Boman-Kazah, the royal family of Moro’a Chiefdom in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
He attended Native Authority Primary School, Manchok, Kaura LGA, from 1954 to 1957 and St. Bartholomew Primary School, Wusasa, Zaria, from 1958 to 1960.
He proceeded to St. Paul’s College, Kufena, Zaria, 1961 to 1965 and Boys High School, Gindiri, Plateau State, 1966 to 1967 as well as University of Lagos between 1972 and 1973.
The deceased joined the services of the New Nigerian Newspapers (NNN) in 1972 as a reporter and was appointed Special Assistant (Editorial) to the then Managing Director of NNN in 1973.
He was appointed Features Editor of the prestigious newspaper in 1974 and rose to the rank of Regional Editor, North West in 1975.
In 1976, Abiu joined the service of the North Central State, as Information Officer and became Senior Information Officer in 1978.
Abui transferred his service to NAN as North West Zonal Editor in 1981 and in 1984 he was moved to Belgrade, Serbia, as NAN Eastern Europe Correspondent.
One year later, the deceased was moved to London, as Western Europe Correspondent of the agency and was transferred to Harare, Zimbabwe, where he served as the Southern Africa Correspondent between 1986 and 1989.
He became a Deputy Editor-in-Chief in 1994 and rose to the rank of Editor-in-Chief in 2000, a position he held until his retirement in 2006.
In 2005, Abiu was conferred with the traditional title of “Dan Masanin Moro’a” (leader of the learned) in Moro’a land by the Chief of Moro’a, Malam Tagwai Sambo.
He was survived by a wife, three children and a grandson.