President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his condolences to the family of former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, over the passing to glory of the patriarch of the family, Obi Chukuka Okonjo, 91, who was a professor of mathematics, university administrator, international consultant and traditional ruler.
In his condolence message signed by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, the President commiserated with the government and people of Delta State, the academia, the Umu Obi Obahai Royal Family of Ogwashi-Uku, friends and professional colleagues of the scholar who dedicated his life to teaching, research and service of humanity.
President Buhari affirmed that Obi Chukuka Okonjo contributed immensely to Nigeria’s development with his uncommon wisdom of pursuing knowledge, encouraging his wife and children to follow the same path and sponsoring other people’s children to acquire quality education.
He further noted that the wise and fatherly counsels, intellectual depth, and valuable insights of the the traditional ruler and scholar will be sorely missed by the family and entire nation, assuring that his place in Nigeria’s history is guaranteed.
President Buhari prayed God Almighty to grant the soul of the elder statesman eternal rest and comfort his family.