“This man, whose life recorded a pattern of good works, has definitely gone too soon. Many will remember him for founding The Guardian Newspapers which set the tone for independent and balanced journalism in Nigeria. Those who knew him closely will remember him for his life’s work of quiet philanthropy,” President Goodluck Jonathan.
“He was an unrepentant patriot and nationalist who put Nigeria first. He was a rare gem who stood to be counted when it mattered. His contributions to the political-economic and social development of the nation especially in the media industry are unequalled. He was a credible and a reliable voice for the voiceless. No one can dispute the fact that late Ibru was one of the finest Nigerians of our generation,” David Mark, Senate president.
“Alex Ibru will evermore be remembered for his immense contributions to the growth of the media industry, national peace and unity, in addition to his highly principled stint in public service, his altruism, and a heart of gold that was completely and tirelessly committed to humanity till the end,” Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy senate president.
“Building and sustaining The Guardian as a formidable newspaper that speaks truth to power at all times is a rare feat in Africa, where dictatorships still hold sway, despite the practice of democratic rule,” Atiku Abubakar.
Profile – Alexandra Ibru
“He died at about 2:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, Nov. 20, while in the course of an illness. He was aged 66,” the statement said.
Late Ibru was born on March 1, 1945. He was a businessman and minister of internal affairs between 1993 and 1995 during the military regime of the late general, Sani Abacha.
He founded The Guardian in 1983. Ibru was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club International, and the chairman of Trinity Foundation, a philanthropic body which gives support to the poor and the needy.
He was also the founder of the Ibru Center which promotes ecumenism and religious harmony.