Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubarkar, have described as shocking the news of the death of Chief Tony Anenih, Iyasele of Esanland.
Saraki described Anenih as a consummate politician, master strategist and committed statesman, who contributed greatly to the development of Nigeria’s democracy, in a statement by Yusuph Olaniyonu, Media Adviser, while Atiku said in a statement in Abuja on Monday that Chief Anenih’s death “has left a vacuum in this country as his roles in ensuring the stability, not only of our great party but also for our nation at large, stood him out as a patriot who dedicated his life to the service of humanity.”
Saraki said: “Chief Tony Anenih was a patriot, bridge builder and astute politician who played several defining roles in building Nigeria’s democracy. He will be remembered for his wisdom and his insight into national issues.
“Throughout our democratic struggles, as the Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) during the military years; the Minister of Works and Housing in the Obasanjo years; then later as the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Board of Trustees, Chief Anenih was known as a master strategist who believed in the unity of Nigeria and in the need for strong and visionary leadership across the nation.
Atiku in a statement by Paul Ibe, his Media Adviser: “Indeed I have lost a great friend of decades.”
“I am particularly pained that Chief Anenih left the stage at the time the party and the nation needed his wealth of experience the more, especially in our collective quest to restore good governance and democratic ideals in our country.”
Atiku, who described Chief Anenih as a great political colossus and patriot said his ability to consistently, at every turn, resolve knotty political puzzles would later earn him the sobriquet of ‘Mr. Fix It.’
Saraki and Atiku commiserated with the family of the late Anenih and the government and people of Edo state, asking them to take solace in the fact that the elder statesman left his indelible footprints on the annals of the nation’s democratic history.