Former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday said the late former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT) Chief Tony Anenih, was, for a long time, a leading light in Nigeria’s political firmament, charting the course for peace, unity and the entrenchment of true democracy in the nation.
Jonathan who stated this while commiserating with the family of late chief Tony Anenih who died Sunday at the age of 85 years, described him as a patriot and mentor to many Nigerians.
The former president noted that the exit of the great nationalist and founding member of PDP is a sad loss to the party and the nation, stressing that his rich political experience, sincere patriotism and deep wisdom are qualities Nigerians still needed to cultivate for national cohesion, growth and development.
In a statement by Ikechukwu Eze, his spokesman, the former President said: “Late Chief Tony Anenih was a great asset to our dear nation. For a long time, he remained a leading light in our party and in Nigeria’s political firmament, charting the course for peace, unity and the entrenchment of true democracy in our nation.
“Even in old age and in retirement Chief Tony Anenih continued to inspire and mentor younger politicians as a demonstration of his deep commitment to Nigeria’s growth and progress.
He was in deed a leader with an exceptional knack for initiating well-considered strategies for political stability in the nation.
“He served our country diligently in different capacities, distinguishing himself in the security systems, business, politics and peace building.
“Anenih left a legacy of remarkable achievements through selfless service to humanity and deep commitment to peace, democracy, party loyalty and national unity.
“May God Almighty provide succour to his family members, the Government, People of Edo State and others who mourn, and grant his soul eternal rest,” the statement said.
Similarly, the national chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus described Anenih as an outstanding leader who would be greatly missed in the polity.
Secondus said the death of the great politician and founding member of the PDP came to him as a shock but thanked God for his golden age and the huge legacies he left behind.
The national chairman remarked that the party had wished Chief Anenih to be around to see the party regain power from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC but said God knows the best as he creates and takes away at his own will.
“Chief Anenih was a pragmatic leader whose contributions to the stabilizing of our democracy was glaring enough to fetch him the reverence of many Nigerian leaders.”
Secondus commiserated with the Anenih family, and urged them to take solace in the fact that their Dad left behind enviable records in his area of endeavor.
He finally prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the sauté politician and leader as well as to grant the family the fortitude to bear the huge loss graciously.
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