Ogbonnaya Onu was a man of proven integrity — Tinubu

Ogbonnaya Onu

President Bola Tinubu has extended his condolences to the Onu family over the death of the former minister of science, technology and innovation, Ogbonnaya Onu.

The ex-minister, who was also Abia’s first civilian governor, died on Thursday aged 72 in an Abuja hospital.

Tinubu’s condolences were contained in a statement by his spokesman Ajuri Ngelale.

The statement said, “The President mourns a luminous star in Nigeria’s political firmament. The first civilian governor of Abia State; former minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, 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.

Ex-minister Ogbonnaya Onu dies at 72

“Most importantly, 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 affirms that Chief 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.”

Tinubu also condoled with the friends and associates of Onu, Ebonyi and Abia state governments, and all Nigerians grieving this loss.

The president prayed to God Almighty to grant repose to the “gentle soul of this great leader”.