Life and times of Onabile, Spokesman to ex-military President Ibrahim Babangida, whose death was “also few hours from his principal (IBB’s) 81st birthday.”
Nigerian veteran journalist and an ex-Chief Press Secretary to military President Ibrahim Babangida, Duro Onabule, is dead.
Platforms Africa reports that Eric Teniola who is close to some members of Onabule’s family broke this news.
“Born on September 27, 1939, Onabule’s death came 41 days to his 83rd burthday,” a report by Platforms Africa reads, adding that his death was “also few hours from his principal (IBB’s) 81st birthday.”
The cause of Onabule’s death is not known as he was said to be hale and hearty few days ago.
Duro Onabule, a veteran was the editor of National Concord from 1984 to 1985 and later became Chief Press Secretary to President Ibrahim Babangida.
Onabule was presidential spokesman for most of the Babangida administration when government punished newspaper and magazine publishers with temporary proscription to make them conform to the code of conduct set up by the administration.
He was born on September 27, 1939 in Ijebu-Ode, and graduated from CMS Grammar School and School of Journalism, London. His first media work was a reporter for the Daily Express in 1961, three years later he joined the staff of Daily Sketch.
He spent some time with Daily Sketch before going back to his previous employer, Daily Express. In 1969, he served as the London correspondent of the Express. In the mid 1970s, he worked for the Daily Times, rising to become a deputy editor of Headlines magazine.
When MKO Abiola started Concord Press, Onabule was appointed features editor, in 1984, he became the editor of Concord newspaper.