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FAMED LETTER WRITER — PRINCE TONY MOMOH IS DEAD, — BUHARI MOURNS

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Prince Tony Momoh is dead. The veteran journalist, lawyer, politician and former Minister of Information and Culture (1986–1990) during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida passed on today. Momoh was born on April 27, 1939 in Auchi, Edo State, to the royal Momoh family. He was also the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the University of Jos. He will be remembered for his unique style of communicating with the citizenry through his letters: LETTER TO MY COUNTRYMEN Tony Momoh was a bold journalist who upheld the ethics of the journalism profession. In 1980, he took the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to court on account of an invitation extended to him to come and disclose the source of his information that distinguished senators were fond of putting undue pressure on Ministers and Permanent Secretaries for the award of contracts. In his judgment, then acting Chief Judge of Lagos State, the Hon. Justice Ademola Candido Johnson ruled in favour of Tony Momoh that the invitation extended to him as editor of Daily Times newspaper appeared innocuous butwas inherent with mischief. He declared that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria protects media practitioners from disclosing sources of their information STATE PRESIDENT BUHARI MOURNS THE LOSS OF STAUNCH ALLY, AND FORMER MINISTER TONY MOMOH President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed grief at the passing of his longtime ally, friend, political loyalist and former Minister of Information and Culture, Prince Tony Momoh. Reacting to the passage, President Buhari said Prince Momoh stood with him through thick and thin, adding: “His brand of loyalty is very rare in the politics of today. I will greatly miss him.” The President recalled that as chairman, Media and Publicity of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) Campaign Organisation in the 2003 and 2007 elections as well as Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the late Auchi Prince contributed in no small measure to the growth and strengthening of the organizations, leading to the eventual formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC). President Buhari commiserated with the media industry on the loss of a veteran who put in a lot to raise the bar of the profession in various ways as editor, manager, administrator, President and Trustee of the Guild of Editors, urging them to sustain his legacies. While also condoling with the Auchi Kingdom, the government and people of Edo State…

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