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Jonathan mourns late minister Lukman

22 July 2014, 09:37

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed sadness and a feeling of national loss at the passing away of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Alhaji Rilwanu Lukman.

He died in Austria on Monday aged 75.

According to a statement signed by Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Jonathan commiserated with the former minister’s family, the Government and people of his home state, Kaduna, as well as his friends, associates and all those he mentored over the years in the domestic and global oil industry.

“The President shares their sorrow as they mourn the brilliant engineer, technocrat and administrator who spent almost all of his working life serving his country and the global community in various capacities including Minister, Special Adviser, Secretary-General and President of the Organisation of Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC),” he said.

Abati said Jonathan gave thanks to God Almighty for bestowing the deceased on the nation and for the great intelligence, integrity, competence and humility with which he distinguished himself in all his national and international assignments.

“Nigeria, the President firmly believes, will always owe a huge debt of gratitude to the late Petroleum Minister for his very significant contributions to the development of the country’s oil and gas industry, and for serving with acclaimed distinction as the nation’s representative at the helm of OPEC affairs over many years.”

- CAJ News

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