CHAIRMAN of the National Executive Council of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), eminent politician and respected administrator, Chief Sunday Bolorunduro Awoniyi (CON), died Wednesday night in London, 10 days after he was involved in a motor accident on the Abuja-Kaduna road.
He was aged 75. News of his death was broken by his family in a terse statement yesterday.
Late Chief Awoniyi was said to have suffered severe bruises on the ankle and the back of his head, and that he complained of pain in the right shoulder.
Chief Awoniyi is the Aro of Mopa, in Kogi State. He was an assistant secretary in the office of the Premier of the Northern Region Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto, in the 1960s. He subsequently served as a federal permanent secretary for many years. In 1999, he was chairman of the organizing committee of the PDP’s Jos national convention, where Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was nominated as presidential flag bearer. He however fell out with Obasanjo after he became president, and for the last eight years, Chief Awoniyi was well known for his biting criticisms of the former president.
Chief Awoniyi was one of the leading lights of a generation of dedicated, honest and patriotic public servants who served this country to the best of their ability. As a civil servant, businessman, politician and statesman, he was known and respected for his hard work, thoroughness, forthrightness and uncommon candour. He exemplified that rare quality of a true Nigerian who held tenaciously to his religious belief and ethnic identity in the midst of friends and associates of different convictions.