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A good man, a sound journalist, a brother … Nigerians react to demise of Imam Imam

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Nigerians have described Imam Imam, deceased Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State, as an astute journalist and a good man.

Imam died in the early hours of Friday at Nziamye Turkish Hospital in Abuja, after a brief illness, according to a statement by the Sokoto State government.

“Innallillahi wainah illahi rajuun. We regret to announce the death of Mallam Imam Imam who until his death was the Special Adviser Media to His Excellency, Aminu Tambuwal. He died in the early hours of Friday at Nziamye Turkish Hospital in Abuja, after a brief illness,” the statement read.

Friends and colleagues also took to tweeter to mourn Imam, recalling the many memories they shared with him.

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Born on July 16, 1977 in Gboko, Benue State, Imam, who hails from Taraba State, studied Mass Communication at the Kaduna State Polytechnic, before kick-starting his career the now rested New Nigerian newspaper. He rose to become the paper’s Sports Editor.

He later joined ThisDay Newspaper, rising to become the paper’s Bureau Chief in Kaduna State, and later, Group Politics Editor.

Imam was appointed Tambuwal’s spokesperson, shortly after the latter was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, and again when he became Sokoto State governor.

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The cause of his death is still uncertain but his funeral has been scheduled to hold later on Friday in Abuja.

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