From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
Immediate past Managing Director/CEO of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), George Moghalu, has described former governor of Abia state, late Ogbonnaya Onu, as one of the best and fertile minds in Nigeria’s political environment.
Moghalu, a former National Auditor of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said he received the shocking news of Onu’s death with a heavy heart.
He described him as a fine gentleman, dedicated politician and public servant who as a governor contributed immensely to the growth and development of Abia and Nigeria in general.
In a statement he issued to formally mourn the deceased, Moghalu noted that; “As a Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Onu demonstrated unwavering commitment to the ideals of nationhood.
“As a Governor, he was a detribalised Nigerian and uncommon leader. When he was Governor of Abia State, I served as Director General Bureau of Co-operatives and Rural Development and later as Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Culture despite not being from Abia State.
“As a party man, he was elected the National chairman of All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP), I served as the National Vice Chairman with him, his monumental contributions,  uncommon loyalty to the growth of the party cannot be questioned. He was one of the founding fathers of APC.
“Dr. Onu would be remembered for his uncommon dedication to duty, honesty and worked tirelessly to promote peace, unity and progress in Nigeria,” he captured in his statement.
Moghalu further urged his family, the government of Abia and Ebonyi State to take solace in the fact that Onu left a good legacy worthy of emulation for all.
He prayed that God in His infinite mercies, grants the deceased eternal rest and the immediate family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.