Shettima Mourns First Abia Civilian Governor

Vice President Kashim Shettima has mourned the late former Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, stating that his impact on Nigeria’s political landscape is immeasurable.

This was contained in a statement on Friday in Abuja. Shettima described Onu as a true statesman and an accomplished Nigerian leader.

“It is with profound sadness that I write to express my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, a true statesman and accomplished Nigerian leader.

“As the first civilian governor of Abia, he laid a strong foundation for good governance and democratic principles. His legacies in Abia State will forever be remembered.

“As the Minister of Science and Technology, his dedication to nation-building was evident in his focus on fostering scientific advancements and technological innovation in our great nation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“He was a true patriot who dedicated his life to the progress and development of our great nation. His contributions to Nigeria’s development will be forever remembered by the nation.

“I extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family during this difficult time. May the memories of Dr Onu’s remarkable life and the impact he had on countless lives serve as a source of comfort and strength.

“As we join you in mourning the loss of this great Nigerian, be rest assured that his legacies will continue to inspire generations of leaders to come.

“May the Almighty accept and grant his soul rest, and may He grant you and all his friends the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

Onu 72, was elected the first civilian governor of the then-newly created Abia in 1991 under the platform of the National Republic Convention.

In 2019, he became the longest-serving minister in the ministry with his reappointment in 2019 by Buhari.

Onu died after a brief illness in an undisclosed hospital in Nigeria.

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