By Goodluck Ikiebe.
Late Tony Momoh
The Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has once again been thrown into mourning over the passing of veteran journalist and consummate administrator, Prince Tony Momoh.
A statement by the Guild signed by the President, Mustapha Isah, noted that Prince Tony Momoh died at his residence in Abuja on Monday, February I, 2021, at the age of 81.
“Prince Momoh’s death is coming less than one week after the Guild lost one of its Fellows, a former Director-General of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Mr. Ben Egbuna, mni, to the cold hands of death”
The statement noted that Prince Momoh, was also a Fellow of the Guild was a lawyer, politician, author and a former Minister of Information and Culture (1986–1990) during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.
“He was Chairman of the African Conference of Information Ministers from 1988 to 1990.
According to the statement, Momoh was the National Chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), one of the parties, which merged to form the now ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC).
“Prince Momoh, was a journalist per excellence, who served Nigeria creditably in many capacities.
He started his journalism career as a sub-editor at the Daily Times in October 1962, rising steadily through the ranks to become Editor and later Deputy General Manager of the media conglomerate.”
The statement said Prince Momoh was awarded many honours, including fellowships of the Commonwealth Journalists’ Association, the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, and the Advertising Practitioners’ Council of Nigeria.
“Undoubtedly, Prince Momoh was a distinguished elder statesman, a patriot and a nationalist of the first order. He will be greatly missed by the Guild, the entire Nigerian media industry and the country at large.
His contributions to development of journalism in Nigeria will never be forgotten.”
The body of editors joins the royal family of Auchi Kingdom, the government and people of Edo State to mourn Prince Tony Momoh, a quintessential Nigerian, who gave his all in the service of his beloved country.
“May his soul rest in perfect peace” the statement added.