President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his heartfelt condolences to the Anenih family and the people of Edo State on the death of its beloved patriarch and illustrious son, Anthony Anenih.
Mr Buhari also commiserated with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the passing of its former chairman, Board of Trustees.
The president in a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, Sunday evening said as a frontline figure in the annals of Nigeria’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.”
Across the political spectrum of Nigeria, Mr Anenih was known for his strong views on issues pertaining to the unity and stability of the nation, the statement said.
Mr. Buhari prayed that almighty God should grant Chief Anenih’s soul eternal rest and comfort all who mourn the octogenarian.
The President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has also consoled the Anenih family and the government and people of Edo State, over the death of Chief Anenih.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Mr. Saraki described Anenih as a consummate politician, master strategist and committed statesman, who contributed greatly to the development of Nigeria’s democracy.
Saraki saiid, “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 People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) ‘s 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.”
Mr Anenih died Sunday afternoon at Cedarcrest Hospital Abuja.
He was 85 years old.