John Chiahemen ex-Reuters bureau chief dies, Buhari mourns

John Chiahemen

John Chiahemen

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of John Chiahemen, a former Reuters Bureau Chief for Nigeria.

In a statement by spokesman, Garba Shehu, President Buhari extended deep condolences to Chiahemen’s family, friends and colleagues, including everyone in the various media organisations where he worked.

The President recalled that as a veteran newsman with the reputable international news agency and Editor of Reuters Africa, Chiahemen was respected for his brilliant contributions and editorial role of covering news about Africa from a business and development perspective, beyond the narrow stereotypes of disaster and poverty.

The President said the remarkable legacies left behind by one of Nigeria’s most accomplished journalists will continue to inspire current and upcoming members of the fourth estate of the realm.

He prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the deceased and comfort for those who mourn his exit.

Chiahemen also worked for Abubakar Atiku’s media company Gotel as its first managing director in 2015.

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They parted ways when he accused Atiku of not redeeming debts owed some foreign consultants.

But Atiku claimed Chiahemen ran away with N150m belonging to the company.

In an exclusive exchange with P.M.NEWS, the Nigerian TV producer and editor then based in South Africa hinted about suing Atiku for libel as he revealed that his lawyers, who are very familiar with the matter, will be “responding adequately on my behalf in the first instance in the coming hours”.

He described Atiku’s statement as ‘shameful and libellous’.

“The true picture will be very different from what that shameful and libellous statement alleges”, he said.

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