Prince Tony Momoh, a veteran journalist, politician and a former Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture (1986–1990) during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida is dead.
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has mourned a former Minister of Information, Tony Momoh who died on Monday. Lawan in a statement commiserated with the government and people of Edo State and the All Progressives Congress(APC), where he was a highly respected leader, on the loss.
“Prince Tony Momoh as a journalist made indelible contributions to the development of the noble profession in Nigeria.
“As Minister of Information, Prince Momoh, through his ‘Letter to my countrymen’ series, professionally and effectively disseminated and managed public information in a manner that was unique to him.
“As chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), he helped nurture the party to a very strong showing at the polls within months of its formation”.
Prince Momoh was also a key facilitator of the emergence of the APC in 2014.
“The APC will miss this principled political leader particularly in this period that the party is repositioning as a grassroots-based political party and for improved performance of its leadership of our great country,” Lawan says.
The Senate President prays for divine comfort for his loved ones and the fortitude to bear his loss. Lawan also prays for sweet repose of his gentle soul.
Muhammadu Buhari Mourns Tony Momoh
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed grief at the passing of his longtime ally, friend, political loyalist, and former Minister of Information and Culture, Prince Tony Momoh.
Reacting to the passage, President Buhari said Prince 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 All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) Campaign Organisation in the 2003 and 2007 elections as well as Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the late Auchi Prince contributed in no small measure to the growth and strengthening of the organizations, leading to the eventual formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
President Buhari commiserated with the media industry on the loss of a veteran who put in a lot to raise the bar of the profession in various ways 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 family, friends, and political associates in this period of grief.