Former President Goodluck Jonathan says one of the founding members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Anthony Anenih was a patriot and mentor to many Nigerians.
Jonathan said that Anenih served the country diligently in different capacities, distinguishing himself in the security systems, business, politics and peace-building.
The former President stated this in a statement issued by his media aide Ikechukwu Eze on Monday.
He described the death as the exit of the great nationalist which was a sad loss to the party and the nation.
Jonathan said that the rich political experience, sincere patriotism and deep wisdom of late Anenih were qualities Nigerians still needed to cultivate for national cohesion, growth and development.
He said: “Late Chief Tony Anenih was a great asset to our dear nation.
“For a long time, he remained a leading light in our party and in Nigeria’s political firmament, charting the course for peace, unity and the entrenchment of true democracy in our nation.
“Even in old age and in retirement Chief Tony Anenih continued to inspire and mentor younger politicians as a demonstration of his deep commitment to Nigeria’s growth and progress.
“He was indeed a leader with an exceptional knack for initiating well-considered strategies for political stability in the nation.”