By Oluwadamilare Daniels
Former Minister of Information and Culture, Prince Tony Momoh has died, he died peacefully in his Abuja residence without any form of illness.
Momoh was born on 27 April 1939 in Auchi, Edo state, he was the 165th child of King Momoh I of Auchi, until his death he was Yerima of Auchi Sacred Kingdom.
He attended Government School Auchi (1949–1954) and Anglican School Okpe (1954). Momoh was Pupil Teacher at the Anglican School, Auchi (January–December 1955) and Headmaster at the Anglican School, Ubuneke, Ivbiaro, Owan Local Government (January 1958 – December 1959).
He went to the Provincial Teachers Training College, Abudu, Edo State and Government Teachers College, Abraka in Western Region (1960–1961).
Later, while working at the Daily Times or on sabbatical, he attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (September 1964 – October 1966) where he earned a degree in Mass communication, and then the University of Lagos where he studied Law.
He attended the Nigerian Law School, Lagos (October 1974 – May 1975), and was called to the bar in June 1975.
Momoh a veteran journalist, served as Minister (1986–1990) during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida (I986-1990).
He was the Chairman of the board of directors of Nigerian Airways from 1991 to 1993. He was appointed a Member of the Edo State Economic Advisory Committee in 1991, and a member of the Nigerian Press Council in December 1992.
The veteran Journalist was also the chairman, Media, and Publicity of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) Campaign Organisation in the 2003 and 2007 elections. He also headed the Political Committee of the Muhammadu Buhari Organisation.
In January 2011 Momoh was appointed Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the lead-up to the April 2011 national elections, with Buba Galadima appointed the National Secretary.
The former journalist was also a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Obaseki…Describes Him As A Great Son Of Edo
The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has described the late Tony Momoh as a great son of Edo who was totally Nigerian.
Obaseki said this in a statement on Monday evening in which he reacted to the death of Momoh, a former Minister of Information and Culture in Nigeria.
Reacting to the death of the elder statesman, Obaseki wrote on Twitter: “I mourn the death of veteran journalist and former Minister of Information and Culture, Prince Tony Momoh.”
“Prince Momoh, though a great son of Edo, was a total Nigerian. He was forthright, driven and spoke with candor. He will be greatly missed.”
He noted further in a statement made available to our newsroom by his media aide, Crusoe Osagie that “It is with a heavy heart that I received the news of the death of veteran journalist and former Minister of Information and Culture, Prince Tony Momoh.
“Prince Momoh, though a great son of Edo State, was a total Nigerian. He was forthright, driven and spoke with candor. As a nationalist, he was unapologetic about the Nigerian project. His lasting legacy remains the enthronement of democratic values in Nigeria.
“A progressive and committed Nigerian, Prince Momoh’s wise counsel would be greatly missed especially as we navigate our current challenges as a nation.
“On behalf of the government and people of Edo State, I commiserate with his family, friends and associates and wish that God grants them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”
It’s A Colossal Loss To Nigeria – Sanwo-Olu Mourns Tony Momoh
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has reacted to the death of former Information and Culture Minister, Prince Tony Momoh, describing his death as a colossal loss.
The Governor in a condolence message on Monday evening by his Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile said Momoh’s passing away is a colossal loss to Nigeria and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said the late elder statesman, politician, and journalist should be immortalized for his huge contributions to national growth and development.
He added that the country as a whole will surely miss his wealth of experience.
He said: “The death of Prince Tony Momoh is a great loss to Nigeria. The late Momoh made lots of positive impact in Nigeria during his life time as a journalist, media manager, lawyer, politician and elder statesman.
“As Minister of Information and Culture between 1986 and 1990 during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida, Prince Momoh served his nation meritoriously.
“As a democrat, he played active roles in the formation of various political platforms at the transition stage of Nigeria from military dictatorship to civilian rule. He led his former party, the Congress for Political Change (CPC) to form the APC with other political Parties and contributed positively to the party’s victories in the 2015 and 2019 general elections.
“I sympathise with President Muhammadu Buhari, the entire leadership and members of our party.
I also commiserate with Government and people of Edo State on the loss of their illustrious son.
“I pray that God will grant him eternal rest and give the immediate family and friends the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”