Buhari, Obaseki, others pay last tributes
President Muhammadu Buhari and Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki have extolled the leadership qualities of late Chief Anthony Akhakon Anenih, eulogising him as an illustrious son of Nigeria and a politician of uncommon calibre.
Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said this during a requiem mass held as part of the state burial in honour of Late Chief Anenih, at the University of Benin Sports Complex, in Benin City, Edo State capital.
In his tribute, Governor Obaseki said Chief Anenih was a rare-breed politician, who was famous for his political ingenuity and uncommon gift to weather stormy waters and deliver results from the most difficult situations.
The Archbishop of Benin Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Augustine Obiora Akubeze said the elder statesman devoted a better part of his life to the development of the state and the country, he said late Chief Anenih contributed to national development in the various capacities he served while he lived.
Former Deputy Governor of Edo State, Chief Mike Ogiadomhen and former house representative members Mr. Ifaluyi isibor lauded late Chief Anenih as being instrumental in midwifing democracy in 1999.