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Former minister of Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, has charged journalists to emulate the legacies of late veteran media practitioner, Jide Fashikun for the country’s quest for sports development as well as the push for a new Nigeria.
The former sports minister stated during a novelty match to commemorate the one-year remembrance of the passing away of veteran and investigative Journalist in Abuja, yesterday.
Dalung, who was the centre referee in the match, which saw the friends of late Fashikun defeating selected Journalists 3-2 on penalties after 1-1 draw at the end of regulation time, called on journalists to attain the integrity and professionalism of late Fashikun for the development of the country.
“Bluntness and frankness are the characteristics of a journalist, Fashikun was referred to as a man with a toxic pen. And we need it in a developing society like our own. The younger generation must try to attain integrity. Fashikun was hardworking” he said.
?Younger journalist need to work very hard. Fashikun was a nationalist and I didn’t even know where he was from until he died. He embraced everybody and young journalists need to imbibe this to build a better country”.
According to him, “Jide was also a courageous personality. He can tell anybody the truth and face anybody. We need the truth to be told to the power that be. Young journalists need to arm themselves with the truth’’.
Fashikun was a former national handballer and athlete, who veered into sports journalism on retirement. He died on 27th January 2019 in Abuja after a brief illness.
Until his death, he was the director general of the National Sports Development Fund Incorporated (NSDFI), a body whose main objective is to groom and support young athletes to achieve their potential.
He was aged 54.