SENATE President, David Mark, has decribed the former Director-General of the defunct Centre for Democratic Studies (CDS), the late Professor Omo Omoruyi, as a political encyclopaedia.
Mark, in a reaction to the demise of the elder statesman, said the nation had lost one of the best and fertile minds in politics and academics.
“Omoruyi was an academic and political giant, who was very vast in the political history of Nigeria and Africa,” he said, adding that a vacuum had been created with his exit.
Senator Mark said Nigerians and generations yet unborn would remember the late Omoruyi as a scholar, who was always ready to offer useful direction, especially during difficult times.
He urged the government and people of Edo State, especially the bereaved family, to take solace in the fact that the late Omoruyi lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation.
Also, the Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, described the death of Professor Omoruyi as “very unfortunate and painful.”
Fayemi, in a statement made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olayinka Oyebode, said Omoruyi’s death “is a big blow to all lovers of democracy in Nigeria.”
The governor noted that Omoruyi served humanity and his country to the best of his ability as a democrat, researcher, teacher and administrator.
He also described Omoruyi as “a committed patriot, who toiled to ensure the return of democracy during the Ibrahim Babangida-led administration, when he served as the Director General of the then National Centre for Democratic Studies.”
He described the loss of Omoruyi to cancer as very painful, while he commiserated with the family, relations, friends, and associates of the deceased, urging them to be consoled by the good life he lived.