Human rights activist Joe Okei-Odumakin mourned her colleague Tony Uranta in a statement on Wednesday.
Okei-Odumakin, who is also the president of Women Arise, described Mr Uranta’s death as saddening.
Uranta, 57, died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). The Niger Delta chieftain was a member of the Federal Government’s technical committee on Niger Delta; executive secretary, Pan-Niger Delta Forum; executive secretary, United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDEDSS); executive secretary of the Nigeria National Summit Group among others.
“We are so sad to hear of the passing-on of our comrade, Tony Uranta. It was unbelievable until we heard from his wife, Baarong . Now, we are reconciled with this huge loss,” said Okei-Odumakin.
“Our fervent plea and prayer was for full recovery, but Heavens decreed otherwise and we bow in gratitude.”
Okei-Odumakin also described the deceased as being forthright, adding his fortitude and the fire which accompanied his resolve would surely be missed.
She prayed God to uphold Uranta’s widow Baarong and grant his family succour.