The Acting Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Ahaziah Suleiman has described the pioneer Director General of the organization, late Mallam Yaya Abubakar as a father figure and a core professional who was there whenever needed.
Sulieman said this during the night of tribute which was organized in Abuja on Thursday in honor of the late broadcast icon.
VON Acting Director General said the late Yaya Abubakar was able to enshrine a spirit of unison in the organization.
He further described him as a detribalized Nigerian who believed in fairness, professionalism and welfare of the workforce.
Sulieman said his humility was second to none.
The event gathered many veteran broadcasters who worked with the late Yaya Abubakar and all that spoke at the event extolled the virtues of the late veteran.
Most of them said his professionalism and humility was what took him to the top of his career.
Encomiums came from the likes of Sola Atere of the NTA, Ben Egbuna of VON, Engr. Moses Steven of the FRCN and many other veterans, as well as members of staff of VON.
According to a former colleague of the late veteran, Mrs Pepo Obadah, “He was an extraordinary being that was sent by God.Most of the staff in those days had lost hope but when he came,he rejuvenated our carreer paths.He handle every issue with all sense of responsibility and professionalism.”
Shola Atere of the NTA said late Yaya Abubakar was instrumental in his projection to national TV limelight.
He described him as an excellent news manager that conceived lot of programs that added value to NTA.
Mallam Yaya Abubakar, aged 73, died in Febuary 2016 in his home in Bauchi state, Nigeria.