President Muhammadu Buhari has described the passing to glory of Professor Obi Chukuka Okonjo, father of former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as a great loss to the nation.
Prof Okonjo, until his death, was a professor of mathematics, university administrator, international consultant and traditional ruler.
President Buhari in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said that the traditional ruler contributed immensely to Nigeria’s development with his uncommon wisdom of pursuing knowledge.
“The President believes that the wise and fatherly counsels, intellectual depth, and valuable insights of the scholar will be sorely missed by the family and entire nation, assuring that his place in Nigeria’s history is guaranteed.”
He condoled with the late patriarch’s family and encouraged them to follow the same path.
“President Buhari affirms that the traditional ruler contributed immensely to Nigeria’s development with his uncommon wisdom of pursuing knowledge, encouraging his wife and children to follow the same path and sponsoring other people’s children to acquire quality education.
“President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will grant the soul of the elder statesman eternal rest and comfort his family.”