GEJ pays his last respect to a hero

Commiserating with the family, friends and associates of ace photo-journalist, Peter Oyeyemi Obe, who died on Sunday in Lagos at the age of 81, President Goodluck Jonathan said ‘Mr. Obe will be long remembered as a thoroughbred professional who put his immense skills and talent to the best possible use in a very illustrious career that spanned many decades.’

‘The history of journalism in Nigeria,’ the President believes, ‘will be incomplete without an acknowledgement of Mr. Obe’s pioneering role in the development of photo-journalism in the country as well as his lucid documentation of the Nigerian Civil War and other profound events in the evolution of the nation.’

A press statement, signed by Presidential Spokesman Reuben Abati, said ‘As they mourn the legendary ace-photographer, President Jonathan enjoins his professional successors and other media practitioners to strive to emulate Peter Obe’s exemplary commitment, dedication and patriotism which were always apparent throughout his long and highly successful career.

‘He prayed that God Almighty will receive Peter Obe’s gentle soul and grant him eternal rest.’