May 31, 2018.
President of the Senate Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed grief over the demise of the Chairman of Punch Newspaper, Mr. Gbadebowale Wayne Aboderin.
Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described Late Aboderin, as a philanthropist, sports lover and a businessman who left indelible footprints on the sands of time.
He noted that the deceased lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation and contributed immensely to national development through the media, youth and sports development, among others.
He commiserated with the immediate family – his wife and two daughters, the Punch Group of Newspapers, the media industry, sports enthusiasts and his loved ones, over the colossal loss.
“It is indeed painful that he left us at a time his rich experience is needed to move the country forward,” Saraki said. “My heart goes out to his wife, Titilayo, his two daughters, the Punch Newspaper Group, the media industry in Nigeria and the government and people of Oyo and Lagos States on the sad incident.”
He prayed God to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest and his loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss.
Tragedy hit the Nigerian journalism profession late Wednesday as
The Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, publishers of Punch newspapers, Wale Aboderin, 61, is dead. Family sources said he died after a brief illness.
The Punch was founded by Wale’s father, the late Chief James Olu Aboderin. Chief Aboderin was succeeded as Chairman by the late Chief Moyo Aboderin from who Chief Ajibola Ogunshola took over as Chairman from Moyo Aboderin after his death.
Chief Ogunsola who left as Chairman gave the then struggling newspaper outfit a strong footing in the media world.
Wale, a trained commercial pilot who took over from Ogunshola, brought professionalism to the operations of the newspaper house, seen as Nigeria’s most influential newspaper.
His tenure is believed to have brought changes to the editorial quality, management and fortunes of Punch.
Family members who were contacted said arrangements are on for burial plans.
“A statement will be issued shortly”, one of them said
A source, who was Wale’s senior at Government College, Ibadan, Oyo State, described him as a God-fearing Nigerian.
“He was my school son at Government College Ibadan. Very painful loss to me personally. Like his father, gone too soon. May his soul rest in peace”.
Wale Aboderin was also the Chairman of the Board of African Media Initiative (AMI). He took over from the maiden chairman, Trevor Ncube.
Ncube, who is the Executive Vice-Chairman of South Africa’s Mail and Guardian, steered the organisation since its inception in 2008.
Aboderin was a trained commercial pilot at the Burnside-Ott Flying School, Florida, the United States (U.S.).
He was founder and owner of Dolphins Basketball Club, a leading African female basketball club, with local and continental honours.