LAGOS – VETERAN journalist, columnist and a former Chairman, Editorial Board of Vanguard Media Limited, Alhaji Kola Muslim Animashaun is dead. Animashaun, who was buried at the Markaz Mosque cemetery, Agege, by 2pm on Thursday, was aged 80. Animashaun Alhaji Animashaun died in the early morning of Thursday, May 30, 2019. Reacting to Animashaun’s death, Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, in Lagos State, Dr. Qasim Akinreti said: “Dear colleagues. With deep heart, I announced the death of our our fathers in The Journalism profession, a first class Journalist, Columnist, trainer and mentor Alhaji Muslim Kola Animasaun. Face business of governance, group charges Wike(Opens in a new browser tab) I visited him at home yesterday night in company of two journalists. I held his hand and prayed for him. I am glad he lived a fulfilled life. My condolence goes to the entire Vanguard chapel family and NUJ Lagos council at large. We lost a rear gem in the industry.” MMPN mourns Animasaun Also commiserating with the Animashaun family, the leadership of the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria, MMPN, said the late columnist “bestrode firmament of Nigerian media landscape as a colossus and inspired in us the virtues of dedication, excellence and forthrightness in journalism.” Singapore’s Supreme Court frees Ejike from death(Opens in a new browser tab) In a statement by its National President and state chairman, Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Balogun and Alhaji Kabir Alabi Garba respectively, MMPN said the late Animashaun “played a frontline role in the formation and sustainability of our association.” The statement reads in part: “His skill as a journalist and public opinion moulder shone brightly in his weekly column, Voice of Reason in the Vanguard, as his style as simple as it is, is very compelling, making journalism attractive for us as an influential calling. Akinwande’s cousin defrauds ex-boxing champ of N58m(Opens in a new browser tab) “In his death, the nation has lost a true voice of reason who intervenes with his lucid and informed commentaries at critical times in the life of the nation.