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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