Tinubu, Mohammed, Gani Adams, others mourn Momoh
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Gani Adams have expressed sadness over the death of Prince Tony Momoh.
Mohammed said his demise had robbed Nigeria of a rare patriot and respected elder statesman, while Tinubu described the deceased as a statesman, patriot and exemplary journalist.
Describing Momoh as a statesman and patriot, who was resolutely committed to the unity and progressive development of the country, Adams said his death had created a huge vacuum for the progressives.
In a statement yesterday in Abuja, Mohammed said the former Minister of Information would be remembered for his meritorious service to his fatherland, love for humanity and loyalty, and urged his family to take solace in his legacies.
Tinubu said: “I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Chief Tony Momoh. I recall reading his interview in one of the national newspapers a few days ago, where he restated his love of the country and his belief in its future.
“With his death, we have lost one of our great men, whose generation of patriots are depleting by the day. And I assure Nigerians that we will not relent in our efforts by ensuring that the ideals he lived and died for remain evergreen in our minds,” he said.
MEANWHILE, former Chairman and Managing Director of Daily Times, Akogun Tola Adeniyi, said Chief Olusegun Osoba had captured the best tribute to deceased by describing him (Momoh) as “A consummate journalist.”
He said the pioneer teacher of Journalism and first Director/CEO of Times Training Institute, was a distinguished Prince of Auchi Kingdom, who lived his life of outstanding remarkable achievements in dignified simplicity with aura of royal respectability and decent comportment.
“He conferred honour on journalism and his leadership by example was most inspiring. As a reporter, features writer, columnist and editor, Momoh left indelible mark of distinct identity.
And as General Manager of Daily Times, he was a paragon of fairness, equity, firmness and integrity. Journalism has lost a titan, humanity has lost a gem,” he said.