Buhari mourns Paul Unongo’s demise
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday mourned the demise of Paul Unongo, saying that the country lost an elder statesman.
The president made the pronouncement in a condolence message issued by his media aide Garba Shehu.
A former chairman of the Northern Elders Forum and former minister of steel development in the Second Republic, Mr Unongo held several political positions and was involved in constitutional conferences.
Until his death, Mr Unongo was chairman of the board of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council.
In a tribute, Mr Buhari stated that “in all the positions he (Mr Unongo) held as a politician and public officer, he displayed a high level of decorum.”
The president added, “He was a colossus in public life, very articulate and witty. He served his community and the nation well. My deepest condolences to the bereaved family and the government and people of Benue.”
Mr Unongo, who hailed from Jato Aka in the Kwande local government area of Benue, died in Jos on Tuesday at the age of 87 years.
He aspired to govern Benue in 1983 but lost to Mr Aper Aku.
In 2017, Mr Unongo succeeded the late Maitama Sule as NEF chairman.
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