The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has joined millions of Nigerians to mourn Prince Tony Momoh, a veteran journalist and former Minister of Information and Culture.
The NUJ National Secretary, Mr Shuaibu Leman, in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja said Momoh’s death was a difficult moment for the nation’s media industry in particular.
Leman said Momoh lived for journalism and journalists and added that the union cherished his mentorship, guidance and support.
‘An authentic Prince and scion of the Ancient Auchi Kingdom, the Yerima of Auchi’s death at this difficult moment for the media industry when his wise counsels are needed most is very painful.
“This sad event has yet again deprived Nigeria of one of its illustrious journalists and elder statesmen and we pray to God to grant the deceased eternal rest.
“He was a rare gem, an impeccable character and role model who stood and fought for the profession of journalism and fatherland.
“Our consolation was that he fought a good fight; he was a well disciplined and a thorough professional.
“We pray to God Almighty to grant his immediate family and the media family the fortitude to bear this great loss,” Leman prayed.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Momoh was born on April 27, 1939 in Auchi, Edo.
He was the 165th child of King Momoh I of Auchi.
He held several influential positions in public and private sector. (NAN)