Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has described the death of former Minister of Information and Culture, Prince Tony Momoh, as a colossal loss to Nigeria and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Sanwo-Olu, in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, on Monday, said that the death of the elder statesman, politician and journalist was painful and heartbreaking.
He urged family, friends and colleagues of the deceased, as well as leadership of the APC to work towards immortalising the late Momoh.
According to him, Momoh stood for and advocated for a better Nigeria during his lifetime.
Sanwo-Olu said that the country would sorely miss the rich experience and knowledge of the former Daily Times Editor and ex-National Chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), especially his contributions to national issues through politics and his editorial contents.
“The death of Prince Tony Momoh is a great loss to Nigeria. The late Momoh made lots of positive impact in Nigeria during his life time as a journalist, media manager, lawyer, politician and elder statesman.
“As Minister of Information and Culture between 1986 and 1990 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida, Prince Momoh served his nation meritoriously.
“As a democrat, he played active roles in the formation of various political platforms at the transition stage of Nigeria from military dictatorship to civilian rule.
“He led his former party, the Congress for Political Change (CPC) to form the APC with other political parties and contributed positively to the party’s victories in the 2015 and 2019 general elections.
“I sympathise with President Muhammadu Buhari, the entire leadership and members of our party,” he said.
The governor also commiserate with the government and people of Edo State on the loss of their illustrious son.
Sanwo-Olu prayed that God would grant him eternal rest and give the immediate family and friends the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.