Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki has expressed sadness over the death of Chief Anthony Anenih a former Minister of Works and Housing who also was one of the founding members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),
The Senate President, who mourned the late politician and elder statesman via twitter says that he will be remembered for his great patriotism and his insight into national issues.
“Chief Tony Anenih was a consummate elder statesman who played several defining roles throughout Nigeria’s democracy. He will be remembered for his great patriotism and his insight into national issues. He will be dearly missed. Rest in Peace, Chief,” the Senate President wrote.
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu also expressed sadness over the demise of the former minister and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees.
In a statement issued by his media aide, Ekweremadu described Anenih as a pan Nigerian and patriot who served the nation to the best of his ability.
“Chief Anineh contributed so much to deepening our democracy and setting the nation on the path of progress at the end of many decades of military rule.
“He was a humble leader, fine public administrator, political kingmaker, a colossus, master strategist, and a political oracle, who was very vast in political engineering.
“Iyasele was a courageous man, and a man of few words, who meant whatever he said and said only what he meant. He will be sorely missed”.
Ekweremadu prayed that God grants the deceased eternal repose. He also prayed that his family, the government and people of Edo State, and indeed the nation have the strength to bear the loss.
President Buhari had also commiserated with his family, the government and people of Edo State and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the late Anenih as a frontline figure in the annals of the country’s political history.
He affirmed that across the political spectrum of Nigeria, Chief Anenih was known for his strong views on issues pertaining to the unity and stability of the nation.
He prayed for the repose of his soul and also asked that God grants the family the fortitude to bear the loss. Chief Anenih died on Sunday evening at the Cedar Crest Hospital in Abuja the nation’s capital, where he was said to be receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment. He died at the age of 85.