By Michael Jegede

A Lokoja-based businessman and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Jimoh Fancy Tiamiyu, has described the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Chief Edward Onoja as a quintessential leader and God-fearing politician who has been a great source of inspiration to many young Nigerians.

Tiamiyu in a statement issued to congratulate the deputy governor on the occasion of his 47th birthday, said Onoja as a loyal servant has worked assiduously and harmoniously with his boss, His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello to transform and take Kogi State to greater heights of development.

The APC stalwart said: “Chief Edward Onoja, at 47, has no doubt, lived a highly fulfilled life that is worthy of emulation and commendation. He is a godly politician who has contributed in no small measure to the advancement of democracy and service to humanity. He is a friend, a brother, a boss and a mentor to me. As a matter of fact, he is the true definition of a mentor. Someone you can count on or rely on any time, any day. He looks at issues with an eagle eye and provides solutions in real time. A reliable boss that never disappoints his followers, as he tries to solve every problem within his reach. He is indeed a perfect example of a problem-solver and goal-getter.

“The man Onoja is a brain box and thinks outside the box when the need arises. He fears God and eschews evil. He is a lifter of men and a builder of dependable relationships. A fervent advocate of true friendship built on trust and respect, Onoja is one man who takes risks for friends as long as it is worth taking. He is a Loyal Servant to his Boss, the ebullient Governor Yahaya Bello who he served with unmitigated dedication and commitment as Chief of Staff and now serving diligently and conscientiously as deputy governor.”

Describing the Kogi deputy governor as a detribalized politician, the business entrepreneur and Director General of Lokoja LGA Bello-Onoja Governorship Campaign Organisation in the 2019 guber poll, added: “Just like our leader in the state, His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, Chief Onoja is a completely detribalized and patriotic Nigerian who works freely with people of different tribes without any form of discrimination and segregation. He is such an admirably humble, gentle, calm and unflappable fellow, but quite eloquent and outspoken on issues of paramount importance to the people.

“He is not just a Christian but a prayerful Christian full of the Holy Spirit. He is a respected and responsible family man who loves his family and home. As he clocks 47 today (August 9, 2021), I wish him the best that life has to offer. May God grant him many more years of happiness, fulfilment, favour, blessings and sound health of mind and body!”

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