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President Jonathan Mourns Tekena Tamuno

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BEVERLY HILLS, April 13, (THEWILL) – President Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with the Tamuno Family of Okrika and the people of Rivers State on the death of their famous son and one of the country's most renowned historians, Prof. Tekena Tamuno.

The President, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity , Dr. Reuben Abati, joined them in mourning the first rate intellectual, academician and historian who stood out for many years as one of the very best of his generation.

According to the statement issued on Monday, “President Jonathan believes that the late Prof. Tamuno, who was also a seasoned administrator, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan and notable public servant, will be long remembered and honoured for his very significant contributions to national development over several decades.”

The Nigerian nation, the President noted, particularly owes the departed Professor a huge debt of gratitude for his immense efforts in helping to document the history of the country's foundation, growth and development for posterity.

“As they mourn the former President of the Nigerian Academy of Letters, President Jonathan urges his family, friends, associates and generations of students, within and outside the country, to also give thanks to God Almighty for his long and very fulfilled life of shining and enduring accomplishments.

“The President prays that Almighty God will comfort all who mourn Prof. Tamuno and grant his gentle soul eternal rest,” the statement added.