Bakare died on Monday, 25th May, 2020. He has since been buried according to Muslim rites.
MURIC’s condolence message which was issued on Wednesday 27th May, 2020, was signed by its Public Relations Officer, Shefiu Ayorinde.
“We are saddened by the sudden death of Waheed Bakare. He was an amiable fellow, humble, honest and God-fearing. He was very passionate about his job and committed to the course of humanity. We are enveloped with grief.
“Our sympathy goes to the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ). Waheed Bakare is another sunset at noon. We feel your pain. However, we appeal to the NUJ to ensure that families of their fallen colleagues, including Waheed Bakare, are not abandoned to their fate.
“We pray that Almighty Allah overlooks the deceased’s trespasses and admits him into Al-Jannah firdaus in the Hereafter. May Allah also give the family left behind the fortitude to bear the loss,” it said.
President Muhammadu Buhari and Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, have since reacted to the veteran journalist’s death.