By Iorwuese Anaana
League of Veteran Journalists has expressed sadness over the death of its member, David Attah, noting that the deceased served the country with ‘‘distinction as a journalist and as a politician.’’
The last public office Attah held was as Chief Press Secretary to former Heads of State, General Sani Abacha and General Abdulsalami Abubakar who became Head of State following the death of Abacha.
Reacting to the death of the veteran journalist who died at a private hospital in Jos, the Plateau State capital, Executive Secretary of the league, Emmanuel Yawe, said that Attah’s demise ‘‘throws all members of the league in deep mourning.’’
Yawe stated that the league ‘‘is proud to be associated with this great Nigerian Veteran who was a role model during his days as a practicing journalist, a manager and a political leader of note.
‘‘We pray to God for the repose of his Soul and to grant fortitude to his family to bear the loss,’’ the executive secretary stated.
Attah, a graduated of economics from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State, stated his career as an information officer with the defunct Northern Regional Government in Kaduna.
His exceptional qualities as an information manager recommended him to Doyen of Nigerian Journalism Alhaji Babatunde Jose who recruited him with a few others as the first set of graduates to be groomed for leadership roles at Daily Times, then the flagship of Nigerian journalism.
It was from the Daily Times that Attah in the early 70’s moved to the Benue Plateau Publishing Corporation, publishers of Nigeria Standard and became the General Manager and Chief Executive.
His achievements at the Standard Newspapers were remarkable.
He wrote a weekly column- Thinking Aloud in the Standard Newspaper however remains the construction of the permanent building for the Corporation, now Christened J.D Gomwalk House which is a prominent landmark as the tallest building in Jos.
Following the return of politics in the mid 70’s Chief David Attah participated in the process of making the 1979 Constitution as an elected member of the House of Representatives from his Constituency in Benue State.
With the overthrow of the second republic in 1984, he was appointed General Manager, Benue Publishing Corporation by the State government and later promoted to become the State Commissioner for Information.
He spent his last days in retirement as the Chairman of Benue Elders Association.