Pini Jason, A Nigerian Pundit, Is Dead

Jason "Pini" Onyegbadue
By SaharaReporters, New York

SaharaReporters has learned of the death earlier today of Pini Jason, one of Nigeria’s most well known columnists. He was 65.

A professional colleague of his disclosed that Mr. Jason died early in the afternoon in a Lagos hospital after undergoing a surgical procedure a few days ago. SaharaReporters could not ascertain how long he had been ill.

Mr. Jason, whose real name was Jason Onyegbadue, was until his death a columnist for Lagos-based Vanguard newspaper. He wrote his regular column until three weeks ago.

A longtime columnist for the newspaper, Mr. Jason took a leave of absence in 2007 to work as a senior aide to former Governor Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State. He was designated a special assistant on special duties. He returned to writing his column at the Vanguard following Mr. Ohakim’s failure in 2011 to obtain a second term as governor.  

Saharareporters could not confirm the exact cause of death. However, a source revealed that Mr. Jason underwent a prostate cancer surgery two years ago.

Mr. Jason had earlier worked as a senior editor at the now defunct African Guardian newspaper. A colleague of his at African Guardian remembered him as “a witty, exuberant person whose robust sense of humor enlivened the newsroom.”

Mr. Jason is survived by a wife and several children.

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You Will Surely Be Missed

May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.

Your concise and indepth articles on Nigerias multitudes of afflictions will surely be missed.

He would have escape

He would have escape this...if only he has taken step to meet The Father Of Creation Satguru Maharaj JI for Divine Healing...I know during this life, he would have heard about the Satguru but he never took a step. Satguru said call Him anywhere you are He will answer you to swallow all your problems away, don't waste your live, time, money going to hospital abroad Maharaj Ji is what you need, The Holy Name that Never Fail, He also guaranteed your safety 100% on Land, Sea and Air. Take a step now, Mr Jason May your soul rest in Perfect Peace

O! my God

Like millions of his fans, I am terribly shaken by the news of Pini Jason's demise. I am indeed in deep shock that I will never read from Pini Jason again for I have always kept a date with his Tuesday column in the Vanguard. We, his avid readers have indeed lost a very reliable source of news and an incisive analyst cum commentator on Nigeria's current affairs. His Tuesday catechism in the Vanguard is always a must read particularly for those of us in the Diaspora that rely on Pini Jason to keep us abreast of what obtains in today's Nigeria. While praying that God will give his family the fortitude to bear the loss, I would also hasten to point the Federal Government of Nigeria in the direction of addressing the deplorable state of healthcare delivery system that largely contributed to Pini Jason's death. May the almighty God accept his gentle soul. Rest in peace.

Sad this has happened again

Sad this has happened again just a few months after Ashikiwe Adione Egom, another frontline journalist and a public commentator, was lost to cancer. Pini was witty and prolific as he was urbane. We sure will miss him. May his soul rest in peace.

Jason was good

I used to read his columns occasionally He has done his best.

So sad

I remember him in the days of Abacha. He was a thorn in flesh of Abacha. He was fearless even most other journalists went underground or exile. He stayed on. Apart from TELL magazine writers, no other journalist was as courageous in the face of danger. Sleep Well PIni.

Pini, my Pini

May your soul rest in perfect peace.

You Lived

Pini,
For all of us that followed your weekly conversation it has always been a moment to cherish. I got hooked to your robust and instructive column back in Nigeria. It has remained a source of information and inspiration for many of us out here. For years now you have been shouting your voice out and they have failed to pay heed. Your works subsist and will continue to be the conscience of a troubled nation. Dee get your well deserved rest! We will miss you.

Toronto, Canada

He Lives

Pini,

For all of us that followed your weekly conversation it has always been a moment to cherish. I got hooked to your robust and instructive column back in Nigeria. It has remained a source of information and inspiration for many of us out here. For years now you have been shouting your voice out and they have failed to pay heed. Your works subsist and will continue to be the conscience of a troubled nation. Dee get your well deserved rest! We will miss you.

Toronto, Canada

RIP

I grew up reading his articles in the late 90's but his growing reputation (that took him time to build over the years) suffered an aggressive knock on the head the moment he started working for Ikiri. From the time he started colluding with Ikiri to rape the conscience of our people and to manufacture fake consent for Ikiri (Ohakim)He deceived ohakim.

One of the best hands

The nation has lost one of her best in journalism,well respected and bowed down with honour intact.Rest in Peace Bro.

May his soul rest in peace.

May his soul rest in peace.

Nigeria and the Igbo have lost an honest man

Who can replace Pini Jason Onyegbadue? He was a man who politely, over the years, in his weekly column, reminded the President, Governors, Legislators and other authorities the right ways forward for a stable Nigeria. Pini, in my opinion, was at least 80% correct in what he wrote. Were Nigeria a country where the authorities listen to opinions and Pini was listened to, we would have a stable country today.

Pini was a bite derailed when the Imo PDP State Government in 2007 to 2011 hijacked him to work for them. True of the PDP who always look for good people to polish their illegalities and wrong doings for them, they contaminated Pini a bit. In his post Imo PDP state Government service, Pini was no longer sharply critical of the PDP but was a little protective of them, at least by been silent or economical in their criticism. Yet his weekly column was worth reading.

As that was his time on Earth, may Pini Jason Onyegbadue's soul rest in perfect peace.

Pini Jason, another bright star dimmed!

Yesterday I was reading Pini's beautiful piece titled "When two stars fell from the firmament" in which he extolled the virtues of the economist, journalist and banker, Victor Akinloye Ogundipe and the sports journalist, Ayo Ositelu. This was in his column in the Vanguard newspaper portal of January 15, 2013. He had stated inter alia, "...dying in Nigeria today has become everybody's daily portion!" Little did he know that his turn would come in the next five months! But that's life. May God grant Pini's soul blissful entry into his eternal kingdom and the family he left behind the fortitude to bear his passing in Jesus name. Amen.

THE PASSING OF PINI JASON

In the 80's Pini Jason's column in the dailies was a must read. His write ups were always witty and in-depth. The literary world has again lost an icon. May his gentle soul rest in peace. Amen.

May His Soul Rest In Peace

...and may God grant his survivors the fortitude to bear his loss and strenght forge on, Amen!

Nigeria has lost a gem,may

Nigeria has lost a gem,may his gentle soul rest in peace,and to the entire family a big heart to bear the lost.good night pini

Pini Jason...RIP

May his soul rest in peace

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