A former military governor of Osun state, Colonel Anthony Uzoma Obi (rtd), is dead.
A statement from the family was saying, “We the family of His Excellency, Rtd Colonel Anthony Uzoma Obi humbly announce the gentle passing of our Patriarch, and head of the family on Saturday, 1st of January 2022 by 6:03 PM.
“Our father was a Lion, a warrior, a brave soldier who served the Nation Nigeria as a Two Time Military Administrator and Governor of Osun State, and Abia State Nigeria.
“Anthony Uzoma Obi was a loving husband first and a devoted father who instilled love, discipline, and humility in all he did on his time on earth. He shared with our love deeply portrayed all through his life, and he, most importantly, was the bravest man we ever knew.
“We ask that in this time of our grief, prayers and goodwill be directed to our family in these trying moments. Adieu Colonel A. U. Obi, your whole family will forever keep your memory alive, through the mercy of God.”
Meanwhile, Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola has commiserated with the family of Obi.
In a condolence message addressed to the family, Oyetola mourned the demise of the former military administrator and hailed his contributions to governance in Osun.
He said Obi was one of the leaders who laid the foundation of the State.
“The death of Colonel Anthony Obi (rtd) is painful and a huge loss not only to his family but to the nation. He was a brave, committed and experienced military officer who served Nigeria and Osun selflessly and passionately.
“As a military administrator, Obi made remarkable contributions to governance in Osun and was one of the leaders who laid the foundation of our State. We will remember him for the legacies he left behind.
“On behalf of my family, government and the people of Osun, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Colonel Anthony Obi (rtd).
“Though his death is devastating, I urge you to take solace in the legacies of selflessness, professionalism and service to humanity he left behind,” Oyetola stated.
He prayed to God to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest and give his bereaved family, friends and associates the fortitude to bear the enormous loss. Recall that Obi served as the military Governor of Osun between August 1996 and August 1998.