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Former Minister, Prince Tony Momoh Dies at 81

by Isiyaku Ahmed
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Isiyaku Ahmed

Prince Momoh, veteran journalist, politician, former Minister of Information and Culture (1986–1990) during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida and one of the founding fathers of the ruling All Progressive Congress is dead.

He died, Monday, at his residence in Abuja.

Momoh was born on 27 April 1939 in Auchi, Edo state. He attended Government School Auchi (1949–1954) and Anglican School Okpe (1954). Momoh was Pupil Teacher at the Anglican School, Auchi (January–December 1955) and Headmaster at the Anglican School, Ubuneke, Ivbiaro, Owan Local Government (January 1958 – December 1959).

He went to the Provincial Teachers Training College, Abudu, Edo State and Government Teachers College, Abraka in Western Region (1960–1961).

He worked in various capacities, 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.

In a signed statement, the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Femi Adesina said 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.”

According to the statement, the President recalled that as chairman, Media and Publicity of the All-Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) Campaign Organization 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 editor, manager, administrator, President and Trustee of the Guild of Editors, urging them to sustain his legacies.

While 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.

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