By Olugbenga Salami
House of Representatives member-elect for Ideato North/South Federal Constituency of Imo State, Hon. Ikenga Ugochinyere, has described the late founder and chairman emeritus of the Africa Independent Television, AIT/Raypower FM, High Chief Raymond Aleogho Anthony Dopkesi as a patriotic Nigerian, courageous democratic fighter, advocate and soldier of free speech, who would be sorely missed.
Dokpesi, who was the Ezomo of Weppa-Wanno Kingdom of Edo State, died on Monday afternoon in Abuja at the age of 75 years.
Ugochinyere, in a statement he personally signed and made available to our correspondent on Monday in Abuja, said he received the news about the death of the media entrepreneur with shock, noting that he has left a vacuum in the Nigerian media industry.
The lawmaker-elect, who is the spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, informed that the opposition in Nigeria will lower their flags in honour of the deceased.
“Chief Dokpesi will be missed. As a pioneer in the media industry, High Chief Dokpesi used his array of media houses under the Daar Communication, including the Africa Independent Television (AIT), Ray Power FM and Faaji FM to promote access to information, enhance good governance, educational activities, private entrepreneurship as well as showcase the rich cultural heritage of our nation, Nigeria and Africa in general to the world.
“High Chief Dokpesi was a global citizen and his death is a huge loss to our dear nation and humanity at large,” Ugochinyere stated.
He, however, expressed heartfelt condolences to the AIT/Raypower family, the people and government of Edo State, especially the people of Weppa-Wanno Kingdom of the state over the irreparable loss.