Ogbonnaya Onu epitomised Nigeria in concord, wholeness – Tinubu 

President Bola Tinubu has described former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, as an epitome of national concord and wholeness.

Tinubu in a message by his special adviser, Ajuri Ngelale, extended his deepest condolences to the family over the passing of Onu, Thursday, at the age of 72.

“The president mourned 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.

“Most importantly, the president celebrated 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 affirmed that Mr Onu epitomised Nigeria in concord, in wholeness, as the late statesman believed in and defended Nigeria’s unity, advocated peace, and promoted fellowship across the Niger.

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

“President Tinubu prayed to God Almighty to grant repose to the gentle soul of this great leader,” the statement said.