MANAGING Editor of New Telegraph, Mr Suleiman Bisalla who was among those killed in last Wednesday’s bomb blast at Emmab Plaza, Abuja was buried, Thursday, at Gudu Cemetery, Abuja amidst encomiums from Information Minister, the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and other eminent Nigerians.
As early as 9 am yesterday, relations, friends, colleagues gathered at the Maitama District General Hospital where his remains were deposited, before it was moved to the Abuja National Mosque for prayers and then buried at the Gudu Cemetery. Bisalla who hailed from Plateau State, left behind a wife, five children and relations.
Former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, Ex- Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, senior Journalists, friends, relations were at the burial site to pay Bisalla the last respect.
Meanwhile, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Senator Bala Mohammed, yesterday, paid tribute to Mallam Bisalla, describing him as a humble and thorough-bred Journalist as well as an outstanding personality who practiced the journalism profession in line with its guiding ethics and principles.
According to the Minister, there were valuable lessons to be learnt from the life of Mallam Bisalla, stressing that humility, hard work, honesty and integrity were his guiding principles, just as he urged younger generation of journalists to emulate his sterling qualities by shunning blackmail and sensationalism.
NGE mourns bombed editor, other victims
Also reacting to Bisalla’s death, the Nigerian Guild of Editors, in a statement by its president, Mr Femi Adesina said “as we condole the Bisalla family, and the families of the other dead victims, we can’t but ask: where and who next? Nigeria, very sadly, has become one huge sepulchre, and death now very cheap. Unnatural deaths have become so commonplace, that Nigerians are almost becoming inured to the news of it, except those directly affected. This is not good for our common humanity.
“We recognize the almost intractable nature of the insurgency in the land, and government is trying its level best. But it remains the bounden duty of government to secure the lives and property of the citizenry, and we, therefore, ask that our security agencies will not relent in carrying out their constitutionally prescribed duties. Terrorism must never get the better of us. Never. But we must devise new tactics and strategies to rein in the situation.”
Information Minister, Mr. Labaran Maku, also condoled the management and staff of the New Telegraph Newspaper over the death of their Managing Editor, Mr. Suleiman Bisalla. In a letter to the Managing Director of the newspaper, Mr. Gabriel Akinadewo, the Minister said he was saddened by the demise of Mr. Bisalla and 21 other Nigerians in the bomb explosion at Emab Plaza in Wuse Two, Abuja on Wednesday.
We will Immortalise Bisalla— NUJ President
National leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, described Bisalla as one Journalist who had passion for the profession, stressing that it would ensure that Suleiman Bisalla was immortalised.
Speaking with Vanguard, the President, NUJ, Mohammed Garba, who noted that Bisalla would be highly missed on the Journalism profession, described the incident as shocking and unbelievable. He said, “it is indeed unbelievable, shocking to us that he was one of the victims of the bomb blast. We will indeed miss him in Journalism profession.
“Bisalla is one person that is really committed and has a lot of passion for Journalism profession in Nigeria. NUJ will liaise with the management of his media organisation to see how we can immortalise him, I want to assure the family that we will not abandon them, we will tray and see how we will support the family.”