Nigeria former minister, APC chieftain Tony Momoh dies
The former Minister for Information and Culture from (1986- 1990) during the regime of General Ibrahim Babangida, Tony Momoh is dead.
Reacting to the sad news, President Muhammadu Buhari and other prominent people in the political space paid tribute to the elder statesman, and a veteran journalist, who they all termed a political loyalist.
Buhari in a statement issued through the Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina expressed grief at the passing of his longtime ally, friend, political loyalist and former Minister of Information and Culture, Prince Tony Momoh.
President Buhari said Prince Momoh stood with him through thick and thin, adding: “His brand of loyalty is very rare in the politics of today. I will greatly miss him,” recalling that as chairman, Media and Publicity of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) Campaign Organisation in the 2003 and 2007 elections as well as Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the late Auchi Prince contributed in no small measure to the growth and strengthening of the organizations, leading to the eventual formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Buhari commiserated with the media industry on the loss of a veteran who put in a lot to raise the bar of the profession in various ways as an editor, manager, administrator, President and Trustee of the Guild of Editors, urging them to sustain his legacies.
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While also condoling with the Auchi Kingdom, the government and people of Edo State on this great loss, the President prayed that God will grant the departed eternal rest and comfort family, friends and political associates in this period of grief.
Also, the governor of Lagos state Babajide Sanwo-Olu in a condolence message signed by his chief press secretary, Gboyega Akosile said the death of the elder statesman, politician and journalist was painful and heartbreaking.
The governor urged family, friends and colleagues of the deceased as well as leadership of APC to work towards immortalizing the late Momoh saying what he stood for and advocated during his lifetime was a better Nigeria.
Sanwo-Olu said the country will sorely miss the rich experience and knowledge of the former Daily Times Editor and ex-national chairman of the defunct Congress of Progressive Change (CPC) especially his contributions to national issues through politics and his editorial contents. He said “the death of Prince Tony Momoh is a great loss to Nigeria. The late Momoh made lots of positive impact in Nigeria during his lifetime as a journalist, media manager, lawyer, politician and elder statesman.
“As minister of Information and Culture between 1986 and 1990 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida prince Momoh served his nation meritoriously. As a democrat, he played active roles in the formation of various political platforms at the transition stage of Nigeria from military to civilian rule. He also further commiserated with the government and people of Edo State on the loss of their illustrious son.