- Jide Fashikun has been reported dead in the early hours of Sunday, January 27
- The cause of the death of the veteran journalist is yet to be known but his last post on Gong News was on January 11th
- Meanwhile, Nneka Anibeze confirmed the death on her Facebook earlier today
Nigerian sports family have been thrown into mourning following the death of the publisher of Gong News, Jide Fashikun.
Though, the reason for his death is yet to be known but the news was confirmed by one of his close friends Nneka Ikem Anibeze on Facebook.
According to Nneka, Jide last posted a story on his online platform on January 19.
"JIDE FASHIKUN DROPS HIS PEN!January! Bad tidings! Now I know the meaning of sudden death!"
"He wrote and posted his last story on Gong News on January 11, 2019. Fashikun Olajide was in my office two weeks ago and we talked a lot... I’m short of words.... Jide! This is so sudden.... Rest In Peace."
According to Nneka, Nigeria's minister for youths and sports Solomon Dalung, has expressed deep shock at the death of the veteran sports journalist.
"It is a very sad day for sports journalists and athletes in the country," Dalung said.
“Jide created a platform to support athletes and stimulate performance through his mobilization of training funds to assist athletes.
"This made us look forward to a better podium performance in the years ahead. Today, the curtains have been drawn on that project.”
Barrister Dalung paid glowing tribute to the publisher of Gong News who excelled not only in sports reportage but also politics and investigative writing.
“Jide was a dedicated journalist who went far to uphold the truth. He was a fighter, fearless, thorough and an epitome of investigative journalism while contributing immensely to grassroots sports development .
"His love for grassroots sports informed his personal effort to raise funds for athletes to train with and prepare for future Olympic Games.
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"Now, Jide is gone. I pray that God will receive him and give his wife and family the fortitude to bear this loss.”
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