Tony Momoh, a former minister of information and veteran journalist, is dead.
He died at exactly 5 pm on Monday after a brief illness.
While alive, he was the national chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), one of the parties that were merged to form the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Until his death, he was a major supporter of restructuring and was outspoken about national affairs.
In a statement issued on the occasion of his 80th birthday in 2019, Buhari had extolled his virtues, and described him as a visionary in “advocating the integration of communication strategies in development plans and implementations”.
A statement by Femi Adesina, the presidential spokesman read: “The President believes the former minister’s sacrifice for the growth of democracy and journalism in Nigeria will be remembered by posterity, encouraging him to always stick to the progressive ideals that have brought him recognition and encomiums, and continue to inspire younger leaders in the same path.”
Momoh had also served as the chairman, media and publicity, of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).