Tam­buwal’s spokesman Imam dies at 41

Weekly Trust - - News - Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

Malam Imam Imam, spokesman of Sokoto State gov­er­nor, Aminu Waziri Tam­buwal, died yes­ter­day at the Niza­miye Hospi­tal, Abuja, af­ter a brief ill­ness. Aged 41, he was buried at the Gudu Ceme­tery af­ter fu­neral prayers were held at the An­nur Mosque, in Wuse 2.

Present at the fu­neral prayers were Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Bukola Saraki, Gov­er­nor Tam­buwal, many se­na­tors, mem­bers of the House of Reps, and a for­mer gov­er­nor of Adamawa State, Mur­tala Nyako, among many oth­ers.

The prayers were led by the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Jama’atul Nasirul Is­lam (JNI), Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu.

Imam was a jour­nal­ist who be­gan his ca­reer with the Mil­len­nium News­pa­pers and later joined the New Nige­rian News­pa­pers as a sports re­porter and worked for sev­eral years be­fore be­com­ing the pa­per’s sports editor.

He was a grad­u­ate of Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the Kaduna Polytech­nic where he was the pres­i­dent of the Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (MACOSA) be­tween 2003 and 2004. Imam later joined the ThisDay News­pa­pers and was posted to Zam­fara State as Chief Cor­re­spon­dent.

ThisDay man­age­ment later ap­pointed him as the Kaduna Bureau Chief to cover the en­tire North­west zone. He later be­came the news­pa­per’s Group Po­lit­i­cal Editor in La­gos.

Fol­low­ing Tam­buwal’s emer­gence as speaker of the House of Reps in 2011, Imam was ap­pointed as his Spe­cial Ad­viser on Me­dia and Pub­lic Af­fairs, a po­si­tion he held till June 2015.

Tam­buwal re­tained Imam as his spokesman af­ter be­com­ing the Sokoto State gov­er­nor in 2015. Imam, an in­di­gene of Gas­sol Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Taraba State, left be­hind his mother, two wives and four chil­dren.

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