By Joy Odor
The entire members of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) FCT chapter, are still in shock amidst mixed feelings hours after their colleague Segun Ogunjimi died.
Ogunjimi, a staff of the Nation and Sporting Life Newspapers who was full of life was said to have slumped inside his house on Wednesday morning, and was later confirmed dead at a hospital in Mararaba, a bubbling suburb outside FCT.
One after the other, members of the association have been expressing deep sadness in torrents of tributes from Wednesday night.
SWAN FCT Chairman Comrade Ndubueze Chidoka who is still visibly shattered said he lacked words to pour out his feelings.
Comrade Chidoka who received the news of Ogunjimi’s demise immediately called off his routine activity on Wednesday and has remained sober.
“This is a very sad development. I can’t believe that Segun is no more. I don’t just what to say again. My only prayer is that God almighty should remove any form of grief from us.
“Why must it be Segun, a jovial, loyal and dedicated fellow, full of life and excitement all the time.
“May God grant him eternal rest. May God also give us, family members and all that are close to him the fortitude to bear this huge loss.”
Ogunjimi had served as the Treasurer SWAN FCT.
Until his death, he was the liaison assistant (FCT) to Sir Honour Sirawoo, National President SWAN.
The burial arrangement will soon be announced by the family.
Similarly, the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare has condoled with the sport writers Association of Nigeria, Abuja Chapter and the family of Segun Ogunjimi over his death.
A statement by the Minister said “I received the news of Segun Ogunjimi’s death with utmost shock and sadness in my heart.
He was not just a dedicated journalist, but someone I knew personally because of his zeal and commitment to the activities of the Ministry.
He was so passionate about his job, full of life and vigor. He was one of the few journalists I took personal note of on assuming office due to his unrivalled professionalism and dedication to duty.I recall that last year he was in my office for my birthday celebration where I granted him an exclusive interview and we took personal pictures.
it’s so unfortunate that we have lost a great journalist in Segun Ogunjimi, but we cannot question God. I commiserate with his wife, son, extended family and the entire SWAN members on this sad incident. My prayer is that God grants the family and the sports community the fortitude to bear this huge loss. May his soul rest in peace”
In the same vien, the North Central Zonal Secretariat of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) condole the FCT SWAN chapter over the death of one of its member, Segun Ogunjimi, a staff of The Nation and Sporting Life newspapers.
The demise of Segun Ogunjimi, a dedicated and hardworking Journalist/Sportswriter was also a former Treasurer of the chapter is a great loss not only to the chapter but the entire membership of the association.
The zone notes with satisfaction, his numerous contributions to the development of journalism through his incisive sports reportage.
While praying for the repose of his soul, we pray to The Almighty to give both SWAN FCT, his employers and family the fortitude to bear the loss.
We pray that God will receive his soul and grant him eternal rest.
While, the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria SWAN Ekiti State Chapter has also expressed shock over the demise of a top member of the association, Mr Segun Ogunjimi.
In a statement by the Chairman, Qozeem Oladapo and Secretary, Bisi Ogunleye, SWAN Ekiti state chapter commiserated with the FCT Chapter, friends and family of the deceased.
The association noted that the death of Mr Ogunjimi has created a vacuum that will be difficult to fill, considering his resourcefulness and hard work.
SWAN EKITI prayed God to grant the family, FTC Chapter and the entire sports family in Nigeria the fortitude to bear the sad and unfortunate loss.