Social Democratic Party (SDP) presidential candidate in next year’s election, Prince Adewole Adebayo has said that regardless of where the late former Minister of Power and Steel in the Second Republic, Wantaregh Paul Iorpuu Unongo is buried, “Ajaokuta Steel Complex would always be his cenotaph. And the burial ground of our steely dreams”.
The SDP presidential standard-bearer while recalling his last moment with the late Benue State-born former Minister said “he did all he could to industrialise Nigeria and unify our people”.
The lawyer-turned-politician, in a series of tweets on his verified Twitter account, eulogised the one-time Chairman of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), pointing out that he met with the late elder statesman barely a few days ago, stressing that if his dreams had come to pass, Nigeria would have been today, an industrial giant.
“I mourn elder statesman, Wantaregh, Paul Iyorpuu Unongo who has died in Jos. This scion of Kwaghngise-Anure-Abera ancestry of Turan, Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State did all he could to industrialise Nigeria and unify our people. I saw him days back and I knew days left were few. Adieu
“All efforts I made to get Baba to talk were only met with the humming of heavenly songs and soft smiles of an undefeated, unrelenting energetic spirit trapped in an ailing mortal body. If the dreams of Paul Unongo had come to pass, Nigeria would have been today, an industrial giant.
“I managed to assure Baba that we had not dropped the baton and the race continues despite headwinds and distracted leadership in today’s Nigeria. Wherever we choose to bury Paul Unongo, Ajaokuta Steel Complex would always be his cenotaph. And the burial ground of our steely dreams”.
Pa Paul Unongo died yesterday at the age of 87.