The former minister of Information and Culture, Tony Momoh, has been reported to have passed on at the age of 81 at his residence in Federal capital territory (FCT) Abuja.
Momoh’s death came 48 hours after throwing his weight behind the clamour for the restructuring of Nigeria and replication of state unicameral legislative system at the National Assembly.
The deceased, who was the National Chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), stance on restructuring and the chances of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) was the last major public intervention to ensure the country attain greatness as envisioned by its founding fathers.
Reacting to the demise of the former minister on Monday, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, described the Momoh as a colossal loss to Nigeria and the APC.
Sanwo-Olu in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, said that the elder statesman, politician, and journalist’s death was painful and heartbreaking.
The Governor urged family, friends, and colleagues of the deceased as well as leadership of the APC to work towards immortalising the late Momoh, saying what he stood for and advocated during his lifetime was a better Nigeria.
Sanwo-Olu said the country would sorely miss the rich experience and knowledge of the former Daily Times Editor especially his contributions to national issues through politics and his editorial contents.
He said: “The death of Prince Tony Momoh is a great loss to Nigeria. The late Momoh made lots of positive impact in Nigeria during his life time as a journalist, media manager, lawyer, politician, and elder statesman.
“As Minister of Information and Culture between 1986 and 1990 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida, Prince Momoh served his nation meritoriously.
“As a democrat, he played active roles in the formation of various political platforms at the transition stage of Nigeria from military dictatorship to civilian rule. He led his former party, the Congress for Political Change (CPC) to form the APC with other political Parties and contributed positively to the party’s victories in the 2015 and 2019 general elections”.