Veteran broadcaster and writer Timawus Mathias has died aged 73.
A family member, Jiji Mathias, made the announcement in a Facebook post today, September 9, 2022.
His death followed prolonged ill health.
He recently emerged from a 5-week coma in August and took to Facebook to share the news of his poor health and miraculous recovery.
He is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter.
Mathias was born on December 5, 1948. He started as a broadcaster with the Nigerian Television Authority Yola before going into private practice in the media space for over five decades.
In 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari celebrated Mathias on his 70th birthday.
The governor called the death of Mr. Mathias shocking. He praised the late veteran journalist, who worked with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), as a patriotic Nigerian who served the country diligently in various capacities.
“We will forever cherish Chief Mathias’ speech and demeanor on television and his commitment to service to our beloved state and country.
“His diligence and skill earned him recognition from the NTA Yola station that bears his name. He held the traditional title of official spokesperson for the supreme monarch of the Bachama kingdom and the most preferred accomplice at national events,” the governor said.
Mr Fintiri said the deceased had dedicated his life to serving God and humanity.