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Anenih a great asset to Nigeria – Goodluck Jonathan

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has condoled with the family of the late Chief Tony Anenih, who died Sunday at the age of 85, describing him as a patriot and mentor to many Nigerians.

Jonathan in a statement issued by his Media Aide, Mr Ikechukwu Eze, on Monday said 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.

He said that the rich political experience, sincere patriotism and deep wisdom of late Anenih were qualities Nigerians still needed to cultivate for national cohesion, growth and development.

The statement read: “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 indeed a leader with an exceptional knack for initiating well-considered strategies for political stability in the nation.

“Anenih served the 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.

“He prayed God Almighty to provide succour to his family members, the government, people of Edo and others who mourn, and grant his soul eternal rest.”

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