A former minister Works, Tony Anenih, is dead. He was 85.
A family source said the elder statesman died on Sunday at Abuja hospital.
Born in Edo State, Mr Anenih was a leading member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
President Muhammadu Buhari extended heartfelt condolences to the Anenih family on the death of its beloved patriarch and elder statesman, Anthony Anenih.
The president’s condolence message is contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Sunday.
Mr Buhari also commiserated with the government and people of Edo State and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on the passing of their illustrious son and former chairman, Board of Trustees.
He described the deceased as a frontline figure in the annals of the country’s political history.
The president attested that Mr Anenih had lived a life of service, as state chairman of the defunct National Party of Nigeria, NPN, National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, chieftain of the PDP, and a former Minister of Works.
He also affirmed that across the political spectrum of Nigeria, late Mr Anenih was known for his strong views on issues pertaining to the unity and stability of the nation.
The president, therefore, prayed almighty God to grant Mr Anenih’s soul eternal rest and comfort all who mourned the octogenarian.