|Anenih and Obasanjo|
He further described the death of a former Minister of Works as an end of one of the most inspiring chapters of the nation’s history.
Anenih, a retired Commissioner of Police died on Sunday at the age of 85.
Obasanjo said this in a condolence letter he sent to the head of Anenih’s family, a copy of which was made available by his Special Assistant Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, to our correspondent in Abeokuta, on Monday.
The condolence letter read partly, “Chief Tony Anenih’s life was an archetypal lesson in public service and leadership at its best. He had to himself a life full of accomplishments and meritorious services to the local and national communities.
“He served the nation with devotion and diligence in his chosen profession. His service in the Nigeria Police Force was distinguished by high professional standard.
“He was an epitome of humility and dignity, both in service and in retirement, even though he rose to the rank of Commissioner of Police before retirement.”
The former president, who appointed Anenih as Minister of Works in 1999, added that, “in the course of a lifetime of remarkable contributions to the political sector of our nation, he (Anenih) became a national icon and authentic role model; one of the outstanding leaders of our generation.
“His political contribution to the Fourth Republic, notably as the Honorable Minister of Works and Housing under my able leadership as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, was stabilising.
“Indeed, he was a patriot and a nationalist of no mean order, who belonged to that rare breed of Nigerians whose interests and associations cut across all sections — tribe, language, region, religion and social status.”
Obasanjo also condoled with the people and government of Edo State on the death of Anenih. SHARE THIS STORY USING ANY OF THE BUTTON BELOW ⬇ PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW ⬇⬇⬇