The Rivers State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, and the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Rivers State, have expressed shock over the sudden demise of the publisher of Rivers Today Newspapers, Mr. Samuel Walson.
According to them, the past few days have been an unimaginable nightmare for journalists in the state, following the shocking news of the death of their colleague.
According to the state chairman of the NUJ, Mr. Stanley Job Stanley, “it’s very painful. When I heard the news of his demise, I was shocked because I never heard he was sick, all of a sudden somebody just hear that somebody has died, it is very shocking.
“As a practicing journalist, of course, you know that his demise will definitely affect the profession, because he is one of the experienced persons in the profession, it is really devastating to have just lost him like that.
“You know when a journalist has reached that certain height it is expected that the younger ones will learn, will tap from his experience, but now, Mr. Walson is gone, he is no longer here, it’s very painful, honestly.”
Stanley also expressed sympathy to the members of the deceased family, even as he prayed that, “we send our condolence to his wife, his wife fortunately too is also a journalist, to his family, we pray that God will comfort them. It’s a very unfortunate incident, we will definitely miss him, every journalist will miss him, NUJ Rivers State will miss him.”
Also, the NAWOJ chairperson, Susan Serekara-Nwikhana described the late Walson as a brother, friend, colleague and journalist per excellence, even as she prayed that God will comfort his family.