- The death of Prince Tony Momoh, a former minister and APC chairman has continued to generate reactions across the country
- President Muhammadu Buhari is unhappy over the demise of the politician
- The Nigerian leader extolled the virtues of the former minister
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed grief over the death of Prince Tony Momoh, a former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Buhari in a condolence message on Monday, February 1, through a presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said he would greatly miss Momoh who once served as a minister of information and culture.
“His brand of loyalty is very rare in the politics of today. I will greatly miss him.”
According to a statement from the presidency, Buhari stated that the late politician was his longtime ally, friend, and political loyalist.
He said Momoh contributed to the growth and strengthening of the organisations, leading to the eventual formation of the APC.
The president described the late minister as a veteran journalist who raised the bar of the profession in Nigeria.
He prayed for God to comfort the family, friends, and political associates of the late politician over the loss.
A family member of the late APC chieftain also paid tributes to him in a tweet.
Meanwhile, Alhaja Sadiat Abeke Erogbogbo, the mother of the chairman/ chief executive officer of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, is dead.
PM News reported that the retired teacher and businesswoman died at the age of 90, adding that the deceased would have marked her 91st on June 9.
President Buhari has condoled Dabiri-Erewa and sent words of comfort to the other children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the departed.
In another news, as Nigeria continues to battle the second wave of coronavirus, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 said at least 405 Nigerians died from the deadly virus in the last two months.
Boss Mustapha, the PTF chairman made the disclosure on Monday, February 1, during a sensitisation meeting on COVID-19 vaccine introduction in Abuja, The Nation reported.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, said the fatality rate is 34 percent higher.