“President Jonathan commiserates with Prof. Omoruyi’s family and the Government and people of Edo State on the loss of the very distinguished academic and illustrious citizen whose contributions to the nation’s political development will be long remembered”,Presidential Spokesman ,Reuben Abati said in a statement.
The statement said Jonathan believes that Nigerians will always acknowledge and honour the late Professor’s significant contributions towards laying an enduring foundation for the current democratic dispensation in the country through the work of the Centre for Democratic Studies which he served as pioneer Director-General.
“He joins Prof. Omoruyi’s family, relatives, friends and associates in praying for the peaceful repose of the eminent intellectual’s soul.
On his part,Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State described the death of Prof Omo Omoruyi, one-time Director-General of the Centre for Democratic Studies as a personal loss, a loss to Edo State and the nation.
The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Peter Okhiria said “Prof Omoruyi’s death is particularly painful because he was a personal friend and confidant.
“I will always remember his unqualified contributions to my Gubernatorial campaign in 2007 as Director-General of my campaign Organisation and as Governor, I was also able to tap from his well of knowledge in the governance of the state.
“His death has robbed Edo state and Nigeria of a forthright man, a great intellectual, a man who gave his all in his service to the nation. His contributions to the development of our democracy remain indelible.
“We feel pained that death robbed us of Prof Omoruyi at this point when his voice and contributions to burning national issues would have carried immense weight.
Even as we mourn, the people and Government of Edo State are proud of Prof Omoruyi’s contributions to the nation, as he was one of our greatest gifts to Nigeria.
I pray God to grant the deceased eternal rest in His bosom and the family the grace to bear the loss.