Samuel Ibiyemi, Publisher NewsDirect Newspaper dies at 56

The Publisher of NewsDirect Newspapers, Dr Samuel Ibiyemi has been reported dead at 56 on Tuesday afternoon at the Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilishan Remo town of Ogun State, of pulmonary embolism.

Penpushing reports that the family confirmed this sad news in a statement, adding that it was with deep sorrow in their hearts and total submission to the will of God, in announcing the death of the breadwinner of the family

‘With deep sorrow in our hearts and total submission to the will of God, we announce the death, of our father, uncle and Publisher of Nigerian NewsDirect, Dr. Samuel Ibiyemi, which sad event occurred on July 4, 2023 at Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Ilisan-Remo after a brief illness. He was aged 56’, the family wrote.

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‘We had thought that a beautiful and loving soul that the great Ife Prince was would be with us for a long while, but it has pleased the Almighty God, the unquestionable one to take him home for a deserved rest’, the statement added.

‘Dr Samuel Ibiyemi, was a thoroughbred journalist, a servant of God and had even started out in life as a soldier with Nigerian Air Force before veering into journalism. He established Nigerian NewsDirect about 13 years ago and the paper has continued to be one of the leading newspapers in the country contributing to the expansion of the socio-economic development of the nation’, the family stated.

‘Aside being a loving father and very caring boss to his staff and younger colleagues, Dr Ibiyemi was humility personified and a cheerful giver. He was no doubt a colossus of some sort who bestrode the media world during his lifetime’, the statement said.

‘In submission to God, he planted Great Grace Apostolic Church, Gasline, Sango-Ota about four years back and was the presiding minister until he breathed his last.May his loving and caring soul rest in peace’, the family added.

Penpushing further reports that the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun  in a condolence statement on Tuesday described as shocking the death of Ibiyemi, describing him as a brilliant and versatile journalist, who deployed his wealth of experience in the profession to better the society.

The Governor in a condolence message to the deceased family and media colleagues,said the late publisher was a stickler for the truth, noting that through his medium, he contributed his own quota to the economic and political development of Nigeria.

‘He was quick to realise the business aspect of journalism, hence, his foray into publishing. Through NewsDirect, a refreshing newspaper, Dr. Ibiyemi brought to bear his professionalism and business acumen’, Abiodun wrote.

‘His death is a huge loss to his family and the journalism profession. His legacies are immense and indelible. We in Ogun State will miss this quintessential and courageous journalist of no mean repute. It is my prayer that God grant him eternal rest’ the governor said.

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