By Ndubuisi Michaels
The Governor of Sokoto State, Rt Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, says he learnt with the deepest sadness, the death of elder statesman and politician of note, Chief Tony Anenih at the age of 85.
The Governor, who says he’s pained by the demise of “this respected elder statesman and sees this as a national loss that has created a huge vacuum in the political landscape of the country.”
Abubakar Shekara, director-general, Media and Public Affairs to the Governor of Sokoto State, in a statement, quoted his principal to have said that the late Anenih’s participation in the political evolution of the country starting from the Second Republic until his death, was one that recorded a lot of achievements and remarkable milestones.
Tambuwal says Anenih was a politician who preached politics without bitterness.
“His politics of inclusion created a huge following for him during his lifetime.
“He was blunt and statesmanlike but also persuasive and understanding. From the Second Republic when he became the State Chairman of National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in the old Bendel State, and National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, Chief Anenih was a colossus in the political landscape, who made a huge impression in the hearts of men.
“Chief Anenih’s enviable record of service in the Police Force, from which he retired as Commissioner of Police, made him a stickler for discipline and orderliness, who built friendships across the length and breadth of the country in his shared commitment to nationalism and political cohesion.
“As elected Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, he was one of those reservoirs of knowledge I often consulted to solve knotty political issues. He was not just a father-figure, he was an epitome of service-driven leadership always wanting to impact on the younger generation.
“He loved to constructively engage, and dissect issues from a patriotic point of view irrespective of your political leaning, religious beliefs and ethnic background.
He devoted ample time to building bridges of understanding across the political spectrum without equivocation.
“As a foundation chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, his resourcefulness and political acumen helped in no small measure in placing the party on a solid leadership pedestal in defining the direction of our fledgling democracy in the last nineteen years.
“No doubt, Chief Anenih will be sorely missed by both the current generation of political leaders and the upcoming ones who have the privilege to have interacted with this great icon.
“As we mourn Chief Tony Anenih, we are consoled by the unassailable fact that he lived a life tempered by justice, equanimity of purpose, discipline and fear of God. We have not only lost a political colossus but one whose love for mankind was exemplary.
“On behalf of the government and good people of Sokoto State, the Governor wishes to condole the family, friends and associates of Chief Anenih on this irreplaceable loss. May his soul rest in peace.”