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Nigeria Mourns: Tinubu Pays Tribute to Late Abia Governor Onu

Political Icon Ogbonnaya Onu Remembered for Contributions to APC and Nigeria's Unity

by Victor Adetimilehin

President Bola Tinubu reflects on the legacy of Ogbonnaya Onu, the first civilian governor of Abia State and a stalwart of Nigerian politics. Onu’s passing marks the end of an era, leaving behind a profound impact on the nation’s political landscape.

Remembering Onu’s Remarkable Contributions

President Tinubu’s heartfelt condolences to the family of Ogbonnaya Onu echo a sentiment shared by many across the country. Onu’s distinguished career as a politician and technocrat earned him respect and admiration from colleagues and constituents alike. His visionary leadership laid the groundwork for the emergence of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a pivotal moment in Nigeria’s political history.

Tinubu, a key figure in Nigerian politics, acknowledges Onu’s instrumental role in the formation of the APC and the party’s resounding victory in the 2015 elections. As a principal draughtsman in the party’s founding, Onu’s dedication and commitment to the ideals of democracy and good governance set the stage for transformative change in Nigeria.

A Champion of Unity and Integrity

Describing Onu as a “luminous star in Nigeria’s political firmament,” Tinubu pays tribute to his unwavering integrity and steadfast commitment to the principles of honesty and accountability. Onu’s exemplary character served as a beacon of hope for a nation grappling with political uncertainty and corruption.

Beyond his political accomplishments, Onu was revered as an accomplished scholar and a first-class engineer. His intellect and expertise were invaluable assets to Nigeria’s development, particularly in the fields of science, technology, and innovation. As the Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Onu championed initiatives aimed at advancing Nigeria’s technological capabilities and fostering innovation-driven growth.

Onu’s Commitment to Nigeria’s Unity

Tinubu underscores Onu’s deep-seated belief in Nigeria’s unity and diversity, emphasizing his tireless efforts to bridge ethnic and religious divides. In a country marked by ethnic tensions and regional disparities, Onu stood as a unifying figure, advocating for peace, dialogue, and mutual understanding.

President Tinubu’s message of condolence extends beyond Onu’s immediate family to encompass his friends, associates, and the Nigerian people at large. The outpouring of grief and tributes from across the country is a testament to Onu’s enduring legacy and the profound impact he had on the lives of countless individuals.

As the governments of Ebonyi and Abia States mourn the loss of one of their own, President Tinubu calls for unity and solidarity in the face of adversity. In times of sorrow, it is essential for Nigerians to come together, offering support and comfort to those who need it most.

A Prayer for Peace and Comfort

In closing, President Tinubu offers a prayer for the repose of Onu’s soul, invoking the divine grace and mercy of the Almighty. While Onu may no longer be with us, his spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of those who knew and admired him. As Nigeria mourns the loss of a visionary leader, let us honor Onu’s memory by continuing his legacy of integrity, unity, and service to humanity.

Source: Punch

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