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Tinubu mourns Ogbonnaya Onu

Tinubu mourns Ogbonnaya Onu

President Bola Tinubu Thursday, condoled with the Onu family over the passing of Ogbonnaya Onu, the former minister of science, technology and innovation.

Ajuri Ngelale, the presidential spokesman, said Onu passed away on Thursday at the age of 72.

In a statement , the President described Onu as ” luminous star in Nigeria’s political firmament”.

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Ogbonnaya Onu had served as the first civilian governor of Abia State; former minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, as well as a principal draughtsman in the founding of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and a valiant partner in the victory of the party in the 2015 elections.

He however resigned in 2022 to contest the APC presidential primary, where he lost to the incumbent President.

The statement said the ” President celebrates the life of an accomplished scholar, first-class engineer; a man of proven integrity; defiant to indiscipline, but ever yielding to the highest standards of rectitude”.

President Tinubu affirmed that Onu epitomizes Nigeria in concord; in wholeness, as the late statesman believed in and defended Nigeria’s unity, advocated peace, and promoted fellowship across the Niger.

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The President also condoled with the friends and associates of Chief Onu, Ebonyi and Abia State Governments, and all Nigerians grieving this gaping loss.

President Tinubu therefore, prayed God Almighty to grant repose to the gentle soul of this great leader.