Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, yesterday paid a condolence visit to the families of late Bilikisu Yusuf, prominent female journalist and first female editor in Northern Nigeria, who died in the stampede at Jamrat in Saudi Arabia.
National President of the NUJ, Comrade Abdulwaheed Odusile who led the visit to the Kaduna residence of late Hajiya Yusuf, yesterday described her as a role model to Nigerian journalists and one of the few that upheld and stoodby the rules ethics and guidance of the profession.
Comrade Odusile added that the vacuum created by the late Bilikisu could not be easily filled, adding that as the first female editor in the North, she proved that female journalists could perform as well as their male counterpart.
“Her feat as the editor of New Nigerian newspaper is visible as she took the medium to great heights. When she was also at the Citizen magazine, she turned it to a must read for all Nigerians and when she finally retired from the pen profession, she spent her time for humanity and Allah by getting involved in many nongovernmental organisations to advocate for the betterment of the people.
“As the National vice Amir of the Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria, FOMWAN, she was able to unify Muslim women and make them work on the path of Allah,” he said.
The NUJ President, who was represented by the Vice President North West Zone, Comrade Yusuf Idris, said late Bilikisu would be missed for a long time by journalists in particular and Nigerians generally.
“We pray for Allah (SWA) to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and grant her Aljanah,” he said.
In his remarks, the husband of late Bilikisu Yusuf, Alhaji Mohammed Mustapha Binabe, thanked the NUJ delegation for their solidarity and support.


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