16th December, 2010
More Nigerians have continued to mourn the passage of elder statesman andÂ nationalist, Pa Anthony Enahoro, 87, who died in the early hours of yesterday at theÂ University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Edo State, where he was rushed toÂ when his health deteriorated.
The leader of the Bafarawa Movement and a presidential aspirant of the ActionÂ Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Attahiru Bafarawa, in his statement on the death ofÂ Enahoro, described him as a humanitarian and a fighter for the oppressed.
The former Sokoto State Governor stated: â€œIt is with great shock that I received theÂ passing of this wonderful man, a frontline statesman, a father, humanitarian andÂ fighter for the oppressed, Chief Anthony Enahoro.
â€œIt is sad that though Enahoro passed on at the ripe old age of 87, those of us whoÂ knew him would have wanted him around as the nation navigates this tortuous balanceÂ on the precipice.â€
The ACN presidential aspirant prayed Allah to forgive Enahoro his sins and grant himÂ eternal rest.
â€œMay I, on behalf of my family, the Bafarawa Campaign Organization and The BafarawaÂ Movement pray that Allah forgives our dearly beloved chief all his sins and grantÂ him eternal rest.
â€œWe shall miss him but God who gives, knows why he is taking Chief Anthony EnahoroÂ now. His family should find comfort in the fact that Chief Enahoro served NigeriaÂ and humanity most of his adult life. Such is the life that we must all emulate,â€ heÂ said.
Former Governor of Kaduna State,Â Alhaji Balarabe Musa said he was sad by the deathÂ of Enahoro, saying the nation has lost a gem.
â€œHis death is a great loss to Nigeria . He lives a life of struggle to liberateÂ Nigeria and he should be remembered for that. I condole with his family,â€ he stated.
On his part, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola mourned the passage ofÂ Enahoro, describing the elder statesman as a principled and courageous nationalist.
In his letter to the widow of Pa Enahoro, Mrs. Helen Enahoro, Fashola noted that theÂ political icon â€œbestrode the political landscape of our dear country for over sixÂ decades. He was selfless and committed to the cause of true federalism and a strong,Â united, prosperous Nigeria .
â€œThe political history of Nigeria is incomplete without the name of Chief AnthonyÂ Eromonsele Enahoro. As a thoroughbred journalist, he constantly walked the path ofÂ fire in his commitment to the cause of political freedom and emancipation of ourÂ people from colonial rule.
â€œThe elder statesman would be fondly remembered for his forthrightness, candor andÂ courage as well as his principled stand on national issues He was a greatÂ nationalist who was welcomed in any home in Nigeria. During the unforgettable andÂ momentous period in the history of our struggle for democratic governance, weÂ remember his leadership of PRONACO and NADECO.â€
â€œHe will be fondly remembered for his forthrightness, candor, courage and principledÂ stand on national issues. He will be missed by the progressives, the catholicÂ church, the media and Nigerians. Indeed, Papaâ€™s death signals the end of a gloriousÂ era in the history of our beloved country. His life serves as a source ofÂ inspiration for the rest of us, the younger generation of Nigerians, on commitmentÂ to nation building and the commonwealth of the people,â€ Fashola added.
Also, the Pro National Conference Organisation, PRONACO which was founded by EnahoroÂ celebrated his passing away, saying: â€œWe recall with fond memories the role thisÂ indefatigable nationalist played when he moved the motion for Nigeriaâ€™s IndependenceÂ in 1953.
â€œThe exemplary leadership Pa Enahoro provided for the peopleâ€™s resistance againstÂ gangsterism in our country as the leader of the National Democratic CoalitionÂ (NADECO) and PRONACO stands him tall among the genuine few heroes we can be proudÂ of.â€
A statement issued by the organization revealed that Enahoroâ€™s entire life wasÂ devoted to extending the frontiers of democracy and freedom of the rule of law,Â stressing that uppermost in his crusade was the agitation for a just and properÂ federation which did not materialize till he died.
â€œChief Enahoro during his life time fought so many battles for the people ofÂ Nigeria, among which was the struggle and motion for Independence in 1953, theÂ formation of NADECO and the ousting of the of the military from governance in 1998Â and the establishment of PRONACO and presentation of alternative peoplesâ€™Â constitution for Nigeria in 2007.
â€œOur movement in consultation with his immediate family, eminent progressiveÂ leaders, key stakeholders, government and the international community shall beÂ discussing, in succeeding days, ways of immortalizing Anthony Enahoro, the icon ofÂ Nigeriaâ€™s current democracy,â€ it stated.