FORMER Minister of Information, Prince Tony Momoh is dead. A source close to the family confirmed this to newsmen yesterday. Momoh, who was Minister of Information during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida from 1986 to 1990, died at the age of 82 yesterday.

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The late former minister was an indigene of Auchi, Etsako West Local government Area of Edo State.

He was a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress and former national chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, a party formed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Momoh was a veteran journalist, lawyer and politician. The cause of his death was not yet known as at the time of filing this report. Reacting to the death of the former minister, Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki in a statement celebrated the contributions of late Prince Momoh to the growth and development of Nigeria, describing him as a rare politician who spoke truth to power when it mattered the most.

“It is with a heavy heart that I received the news of the death of a 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 candour. 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,” Obaseki noted.

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