By Inalegwu Shaibu
THE Senate President, David Mark Wednesday described the death Chief Anthony Enahoro, a frontline nationalist and elder statesman as a huge loss to Nigeria and the black race.
Senator Mark in a condolence message to the government and people of Edo state signed by his chief Press Secretary, described the late nationalist as a dogged, irrepressible and courageous parliamentarian who fought to liberate Nigeria from the clutches of colonial imperialists, even at the risk of his life.
The statement reads: “It took wisdom, courage and determination of visionary leader like Enahoro to first move a motion for independence for our dear country in 1953 at the time when he was a member of the Federal House of Representatives.”
“We have lost a great African, a foremost parliamentarian, father of modern Nigeria and a man of many positive parts.”
Mark said even as a journalist, the late Enahoro distinguished himself in his career including as a politician, administrator and the pro-democracy activist.
The statement continues, “He stood up to save our people. He rose up to the challenge and dared British imperialists. He restored the dignity of African man and gave hope where there was none.”
Senator Mark added that Enahoro until his death was an apostle of true federalism where every citizen has a right to pursue his or her God given potentials without ethnic or religious inhibitions.
He therefore urged the Federal government and the Edo State government to immortalise Enahoro for his selfless services to the nation.
The President of the Senate also recalled that Late Enahoro until his death was the father of golf in Nigeria, noting that it was the late nationalist that first introduced the game in Nigeria.
“As a fellow golfer, I will personally miss him. Enahoro introduced the game of golf in Nigeria. The game is making positive impact in the sports arena. We owe him a lot of gratitude.”
“How We can show respect and immortalise Enahoro is to sustain his attributes and beliefs in one indivisible Nigeria, uphold the sanctity of the rule of law, entrench democratic ideals and ethos, respect for human rights and freedom of the press.”
Senator Mark in conclusion prayed God Almighty to grant the immediate family of the deceased and the Edo State government the fortitude to bear the loss.