President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday commiserated with the Tamuno Family of Okrika and the people of Rivers State on the death of the former Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Tekena Tamuno.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President said he joined them in mourning the deceased who he described as “first rate intellectual, academician and historian who stood out for many years as one of the very best of his generation.”
Jonathan said he believed that the deceased who was also a seasoned administrator and a notable public servant, would be long remembered and honoured for his significant contributions to national development over several decades.
The President noted that the nation owes the deceased a huge debt of gratitude for his efforts in helping to document the history of the country’s foundation, growth and development for posterity.
“As they mourn the former President of the Nigerian Academy of Letters, President Jonathan urges his family, friends, associates and generations of students, within and outside the country, to also give thanks to God Almighty for his long and very fulfilled life of shining and enduring accomplishments.
“The President prays that Almighty God will comfort all who mourn Prof. Tamuno and grant his gentle soul eternal rest,” the statement added.
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