The Conference of Benue Journalists (CBJ) has expressed sadness over the death of a former Minister of Power and Steel in the Second Republic, Dr Paul Unongo.
Unongo died at the age 87 on Tuesday.
This is contained in statement by Dr Anule Emmanuel, President of CBJ on Thursday in Abuja.
He said that Benue and indeed Nigeria has lost a neoteric in the late Unongo.
“Unongo who served as minister of Steel Development in the second Republic is a foremost nationalist and a father figure who championed the liberation of ordinary citizens without sentiments.
“Benue and indeed Nigeria has lost a rear gem and a true nationalist, whose wealth of experience is most needed at this political epoch of the country.
“The vacuum his death has created will be difficult to fill,” he said.
He said Unongo will be remembered for his great intellect, high sense of patriotism and philanthropy.