Ex-President Jonathan mourns Anenih, describes late octogenarian as a political strategist
Former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with the family of late chief Tony Anenih who died Sunday at the age of 85 years, describing him as a patriot and mentor to many Nigerians.
Jonathan noted that the exit of the great nationalist and founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (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. “