Sokoto - The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar, sent his condolences to the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) over the death of three of its officers in a motor car accident on Friday.
The sultan in a statement expressed grief on behalf of himself and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) over the death of the journalists.
The statement, signed by NSCIA Secretary-General, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said: “We received with deep grief and sorrow the news of a road accident in Osun State which reportedly claimed the lives of three national officers of the union.
"Coming at this time of our national life, such a disturbing incident only amounts to additional agony for the entire country, especially with daily reports of callous killings in one form or another.
"The incident is unfortunate, although it had been ordained by God and nobody could have stopped it.
"It is their time to go and we will soon join them. This shows the transience of life."
Abubakar prayed to God for the repose of the souls of the journalists, who died in active service to the nation.
The Sultan also urged Muslims: "to pray to Allah for our passage to be the easiest when our time comes.
"This also shows how the days of our lives are fast depreciating and we all know that we are here in this world temporarily.
"Therefore, we should help one another and live our lives as ordained by the two major religions of Islam and Christianity."
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the three journalists, Adolphus Okonkwo of Voice of Nigeria, Kafayat Odunsi of Nigerian Television Authority and Tunde Oluwanike of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria died in an accident on Osu-Ilesa Road.
They and 10 other journalists were returning from an official duty in Abuja.
Ten others, who were injured in the accident, are receiving treatment at Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital Complex, Osogbo, and University College Hospital, Ibadan.