Following the death of Former Minister of works, Tony Anenih on Sunday, eulogies and condolence messages have been pouring in from his family and noteworthy politicians including Former Vice president, Atiku Abubakar; Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Former Governor of Delta state, James Ibori.
Anenih’s Family statement
The Anenih Family while confirming his death described him as a Patriarch who served Nigeria wholly and to the best of his ability.
The statement was released on Sunday by the son of the late politician Anthony Anenih Junior who said he died after a brief illness.
According to the statement, Anenih was “a beloved patriarch, he enjoyed God’s uncommon grace while alive.
He served God and humanity with commitment. He also served his fatherland to the best of his ability.
We will all sorely miss him. But his legacies live on”
Atiku Commiserates with the Anenih family
On his twitter page, the former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar said commiserated with the late Tony Anenih’s family saying ”
The passing away of Chief Tony Anenih, one of the founding fathers and elder statesmen of @OfficialPDPNig is a sad news to me and everyone who had a close & personal relationship with him. I pray for strength and comfort for his family. May God grant his soul a peaceful repose.
On Saraki’s Condolence Message
In his condolence message, signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki described the Former Minister of Works as a consummate politician, master strategist and committed statesman, who contributed greatly to the development of Nigeria’s democracy.
He 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 People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) ‘s 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.
James Ibori Eulogises Tony Anenih
On his part, Former governor of Delta state, James Ibori described the death of former Works Minister, Chief Tony Anenih as the end of a remarkable era in Nigerian politics.
Describing Anenih as a Master Political Strategist, Ibori said the late PDP chieftain was in a class of his own as he was almost unsurpassed in political strategy for four decades.
Notable Political Achievements of ‘Mr Fix it’ Tony Anenih
While giving an in depth view into Anenih’s contribution to Nigeria’s Political scene and democracy, editor of the Congresswatch magazine, Sufuyan Ojeifo, maintains that the late politician’s “foray into politics has even been more successful. It was in politics that Anenih made his name which has become a household one in Nigeria today.
He became the Bendel State Chairman of NPN (1981–1983), on the request of President Shehu Shagari who definitely needed his profile, personality and discipline; National Campaign Director, General Shehu Yar’Adua Presidential Campaign Organisation (1990–1991), during which time General Yar’Adua gave him the name ‘Leader’ because of Anenih’s leadership qualities; National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) (1992–1993), and Member, National Constitutional Conference (1994–1995).
The political colossus was thus in the centre stage of Nigerian politics in the hectic and agonizing months of the June 12, 1993 elections, the annulment of that election and the battle to save the soul of Nigeria.
On different occasions, Anenih had been called upon to take command as captain of the ship of political parties which were adrift in rough and tempestuous seas; and, he steered them safely to anchor.
Such has been his success in this regard that many have come to believe that, with him, failure is impossible and that he can fix any problem, no matter how daunting”, he said