President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his condolences to the Anenih family on the death of its patriarch, Chief Anthony Anenih.
The President who also commiserated with 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.
President Buhari 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.
Meanwhile, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has expressed sadness over the death of a former Minister of Works and Housing who was also one of the founding members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Anthony Anenih.
The Senate President took to Twitter to eulogize the late Anenih, stating 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.
In the same vein, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has expressed sadness over the demise of a former minister and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees, Chief Anthony Anenih.
In a statement issued on Sunday by his media aide, Ekweremadu described Mr Anenih as a pan Nigerian and patriot who served the nation to the best of his ability.
He said: “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.
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.