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Buhari, Saraki, IBB, Oshiomole, Obaseki Mourn Chief Tony Anenih

President Muhammadu Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to the Anenih family on the death of its beloved patriarch and elder statesman, Chief Anthony Anenih.

President Buhari also commiserates with the government and people of Edo State and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the passing of their illustrious son and former Chairman, Board of Trustees.

As a frontline figure in the annals of our country’s political history, the President attests that Chief Anenih lived a life of service, as State Chairman of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), chieftain of the PDP, and a former Minister of Works.

President Buhari affirms that across the political spectrum of Nigeria, Chief Anenih was known for his strong views on issues pertaining to the unity and stability of the nation.

The President prays almighty God to grant Chief Anenih’s soul eternal rest and comfort all who mourn the octogenarian.

Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity), October 28, 2018

Saraki: Anenih was a Consummate Politician, Master Strategist

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has commiserated with the Anenih family and the government and people of Edo State, over the death of the former Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki described Anenih as a consummate politician, master strategist and committed statesman, who contributed greatly to the development of Nigeria’s democracy.

“Chief Tony Anenih was a patriot, bridge builder and astute politician who played several defining roles in building Nigeria’s democracy. He will be remembered for his wisdom and his insight into national issues.

“Throughout our democratic struggles, as the Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) during the military years; the Minister of Works and Housing in the Obasanjo years; then later as the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Board of Trustees, Chief Anenih was known as a master strategist who believed in the unity of Nigeria and in the need for strong and visionary leadership across the nation.

“My deepest condolences and prayers are with his immediate and extended family; the PDP — where he was a founding father; and the government and people of Edo State.

“I would be remiss if I did not state that at this time, when our nation is going into one of the most significant elections of our time, Chief Anenih’s guidance, counsel and cerebral understanding of our nation will be dearly missed. I pray that the Almighty grants him a place in paradise”, Saraki stated.

Yusuph Olaniyonu
Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to President of the Senate

IBB Mourns Tony Anenih

Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida GCFR, has described Late Tony Anenih as a charismatic elder Statesman that has unique passion of providing solutions in Governance of the country.

In a tribute on the death of octogenarian, General Babangida, said:”The demise of Chief Tony Anenih is a big loss to the political scene of Nigeria at this crucial time of electioneering campaign.

“Indeed Nigeria and Nigerians will greatly miss a political master strategist in the next political dispensation.

“On behalf of myself and entire family extend our condolences to the family of Late Chief Tony Anenih, Oba of Benin, government and people of Edo state as well as the entire members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Signed: Media Office,
General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida GCFR, Former Military President & Commander in Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces, 1 Uphill, Minna.
28th October 2018.

Obaseki mourns death of elder statesman, Anenih.

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has expressed deep sadness over the passing of elder statesman, Chief Anthony Anenih, whose death was reported on Sunday.

The governor, in a statement, said that Anenih’s death is a huge loss to the state and the nation as the elder statesman devoted a better part of his life to the development of the state and the country, contributing to national development in the various capacities he served while he lived.

According to him, “The whole of Edo State has suffered a huge loss with the death of Chief Anenih, the Iyasele of Esan land, who ranks as one of the most illustrious sons of the state.

Chief Anenih rose to the occasion when it mattered most, to defend the interest of Edo State and her people.

He attracted development to the state and groomed several Edo sons and daughters who are now active players in the nation’s political space.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss, more so at a time like this, when Nigeria needs his wisdom and guidance as we approach the election season.”
Obaseki prayed that God grants the Anenihs’ the fortitude to bear the loss, noting, “As the whole nation mourns Anenih’s passing, my condolences go to the family, as I pray that God grants them the grace to face this great loss.”

Chief Anenih, who hails from Uromi, was Minister of Works and Housing and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, reacts to Anenih’s passing.

I received with heavy heart the news of the passing of Chief Tony Anenih. He was indeed a political colossus.

Politics may have separated us, but nothing affected our personal relationship.

Whatever public disagreement we might have had, I am consoled that we both reconciled at the church altar after he announced his retirement from partisan politics.

It is a measure of his generosity of spirit that when I announced my interest in the chairmanship of APC earlier this year, he wrote a letter of endorsement expressing absolute confidence in my ability to inspire APC to greater heights.
His explicit support was not just in an objective appreciation of my ability but also in solidarity as fellow Edo man.

We may have disagreed in terms of methodology, but there is no denying that deep in his heart was a commitment to see the progress of the nation at large and his native Edo in particular.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and political associates at this sorrowing moment.

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole

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