A former chairman of Punch Newspapers and past President of Newspapers Proprietor’s Association of Nigeria (NPAN),

Chief Ajibola Ogunshola, has described the death of The Guardian publisher, Mr Alex Ibru, as a great loss to the country.?

In a statement made available yesterday, Ogunshola said, “The sad death of Olorogun Alex Uruemu Ibru, fondly called “chairman” is a great loss to Nigeria.

“Even before The Guardian, he was already pre-eminent beyond his peers”. The Nigeria press, the Nigeria people will always be grateful to his memory for establishing The Guardian, which he achieved at the age of 38, and for ensuring that it maintains its lofty heights.

“It is rare to find so much wealth, charm and fame combined in a single frame. Even in grave illness, his charm and beauty shone”.

“In a serious country, those who masterminded and launched the near-fatal attack on him 16 years ago and thereby changed his life forever, would be visited upon with commensurate punishment”
“My wife and I send our condolences to his dear wife, Maiden, to his children and siblings and the larger Ibru family”.