ABUJA – President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday commiserated with the Tamuno family of Okrika and the people of Rivers on the death of their son, Prof. Tekena Tamuno.
The late Tamuno was one of the country’s most renowned historians, a seasoned administrator, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan and notable public servant.
He was also the former President of the Nigerian Academy of Letters.
In a release issued by the Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, Jonathan described the late Prof. as a “first rate intellectual, academician and historian who stood out for many years as one of the very best of his generation.’’
The release stated that President Jonathan believed that the late Prof. Tamuno would be long remembered and honoured for his very significant contributions to national development over several decades.
The nation, the President noted, particularly owed the departed professor “a huge debt of gratitude for his immense efforts in helping to document the history of the country’s foundation, growth and development for posterity.’’
Jonathan urged 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 prayed that Almighty God would comfort all who mourn Prof. Tamuno and grant his gentle soul eternal rest. (NAN)
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