Nigeria Has Lost A Rare Patriot – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has

lamented the death of one of his predecessors, Prince Tony Momoh,

saying his demise has robbed Nigeria of a rare patriot and a respected

elder statesman.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister expressed his

profound shock and sadness at the death of Prince Momoh, who was also

a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said the former Minister was a strong believer in Nigeria’s ability

to surmount its challenges to become a highly respected member of the

comity of nations, noting that this informed his ”Letter To My

Countrymen” series which later culminated in a book, ”Reflections

on Letters To My Countrymen,” which he published in 1993.

Alhaji Mohammed said Prince Momoh, in his lifetime, worked tirelessly

with many like him for the merger of parties that gave birth to the


”To ensure the success of the new party, Prince Momoh and his

colleagues from the other merging parties ensured that the parties

were not just dissolved, but also that their registration certificates

were returned to INEC, which then cancelled them,” he said.

The Minister said in his regular communications with Prince Momoh, he

never for once wavered in his belief in a strong, peaceful and united

Nigeria, and he worked hard to ensure the realization of this until

his last breath.

He said the former Minister will be remembered for his meritorious

service to his fatherland, his love of humanity and his loyalty, and

urged his family to take solace in his indelible legacy.

Alhaji Mohammed prayed that God will grant repose to the soul of the

departed and also comfort and strengthen his family.

Segun Adeyemi

Special Assistant To The President (Media)

Office of the Hon Minister of Information and Culture



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