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Ex-Minister Momoh Is Dead, President Buhari Mourns

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President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the former Minister of Information and Culture, Prince Tony Momoh.

Naija News reports that the veteran journalist, lawyer, and a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) died on Monday in Abuja at the age of 81.

In a statement signed on Monday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, President Buhari described Momoh as his longtime ally, friend, and political loyalist.

President Buhari said Momoh stood with him through thick and thin, adding: “His brand of loyalty is very rare in the politics of today. I will greatly miss him.”

The President recalled that as chairman, Media and Publicity of the ANPPCampaign Organisation in the 2003 and 2007 elections as well as Chairman of the CPC, the late prince contributed in no small measure to the growth and strengthening of the organizations, leading to the eventual formation of the APC.

Buhari commiserated with the media industry on the loss of a veteran who put in a lot to raise the bar of the profession as an editor, manager, administrator, President and Trustee of the Guild of Editors, urging them to sustain his legacies.

While also condoling with the Auchi Kingdom, the government, and people of Edo State on this great loss, the President prayed that God will grant the departed eternal rest and comfort.

Profile

Momoh a veteran journalist, served as Minister (1986–1990) during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida (I986-1990).

He was the  Chairman of the board of directors of Nigerian Airways from 1991 to 1993. He was appointed a Member of the Edo State Economic Advisory Committee in 1991, and a member of the Nigerian Press Council in December 1992.

The veteran Journalist was also the chairman, Media, and Publicity of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) Campaign Organisation in the 2003 and 2007 elections. He also headed the Political Committee of the Muhammadu Buhari Organisation.

In January 2011 Momoh was appointed Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the lead-up to the April 2011 national elections, with Buba Galadima appointed the National Secretary.

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