On October 19, 1986, the bluish sky turned black, the relatives of Dele Giwa erupted in agony; his friends and well-wishers were rendered dump and their brains couldn’t fathom the pathetic and the ugly incident.
The cock refused to crow; the dog hesitated to bark; journalists were, dubitably, overpowered by anxiety. Indeed, Giwa’s demise was a mournful one.
Everyone is an immortal, he may know well that he is going to die, but he can never know when to die, apology to Samuel Butler. Naturally, we believe death is inevitable and it usually comes unexpectedly but what do sadden the heart of an individual is death to be caused by man.
Dele Giwa was a doyen of journalists, a fearless pen pusher, an independent columnist who abhors illicit or corrupt practices, this could be why his death came untimely.
Journalism is one of the perilous professions which tons of youths are shirking. Journalists are the watchdog of the government; they are primarily charged with the responsibility of updating people on what happens and what is ongoing in the country.
Frankly, he was killed cold-bloodedly at the unripe age of 39 by an alleged parcel bomb during the stint of Major General Ibrahim Babangida as the Nigeria erstwhile military head of state at his residence at 25 Talabi Street, Ikeja, Lagos in 1986 but his bequest still remains sparkling.
The question begging earnestly for crystal answer is who killed Dele Giwa?
May his gutsy soul rest peacefully in the Elysium.
Olayode Inaolaji writes from Ogbomoso, Oyo State