News - North East - Yobe Updated: April 11, 2024

Late Onu's legacies will inspire leaders to strive for better Nigeria — Lawan

By Abdulrazak Muhammad
April 11, 2024

The Former President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan has mourned the demise of former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu.

Senator Lawan said the legacies of the deceased will inspire Nigerian leaders to be patriotic and strive for a better country.

The deceased who died on Thursday at the age of 72 after a brief illness was the first civilian governor of Abia State and contested in the June 2022 presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

As contained in a statement made available by (Dr) Ezrel Tabiowo, Senator Lawan's spokesperson, the Senator described the deceased as a prominent figure in Nigerian politics, defined by his integrity and passion for good governance. 

The statement partly reads: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ogbonnaya Onu, a true patriot and dedicated public servant. Onu was a prominent figure in Nigerian politics, who served with integrity and passion throughout his illustrious career.


“As the first civilian Governor of Abia State, Onu successfully implemented policies that promoted economic growth and development in the region. 

"He later went on to serve as the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari from 2015 to 2022, where he contributed significantly towards advancing Nigeria's science and technology sector.

“Onu was a visionary leader who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of all Nigerians. His commitment to service and his dedication to the betterment of our country will always be remembered.

“I offer my deepest condolences to Onu’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. His legacies will continue to inspire us all to strive for a better Nigeria. May his soul rest in peace.”


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