Gamaliel Oforitsenere Onosode was a prominent Nigerian technocrat, administrator, and former All Nigeria People’s Party of Nigeria presidential candidate. Let’s see how did he die, what happened, and what was Gamaliel Onosode Cause of Death.
How did Gamaliel Onosode die?
Mr. Gamaliel Oforitsenere Onosode, an educated technocrat, administrator, and former presidential contender, died Wednesday in Lagos after an almost 24-month battle with bone cancer. He was 82 at the time.
His son, Ese Onosode, confirmed the death of the boardroom expert, affectionately known as Mr. Corporate Nigeria by admirers, telling Vanguard over the phone: “He passed on this morning (yesterday).”
When asked if the octogenarian was sick, he replied, “Yes, he has been battling bone cancer for almost two years.”
According to Ese, who stated that the Onosode family was still coming to terms with the loss of its father, “we are still absorbing the knowledge.” I’m just trying to adjust to the fact that my father is no longer alive.”
Gamaliel Onosode Cause of Death
When news of Onosode’s death reached Ughelli, the headquarters of Delta State’s Ughelli North Local Government Area, at around 9 a.m., the town was plunged into grief. Onosode, from Ekuigbo-Ughelli, died in a Lagos hospital about 8.15 a.m. after a long illness.
According to Vanguard, the former Presidential Adviser to former President Shehu Shagari on Budget Affairs and Director of Budget was flown into the country on Monday from London, where he was undergoing treatment.
Medico topics have been trying to reach out to the family and relatives for comment on the incident. So far no responses have been received. We will update the page once enough information is available. More information on Gamaliel Onosode Cause of Death will be added soon.
Who is Gamaliel Onosode?
Gamaliel Onosode was a prominent Nigerian technocrat, administrator, and former All Nigeria People’s Party of Nigeria presidential candidate. He was educated at the Government College, Ughelli, and the University of Ibadan, and rose to prominence in the 1970s as one of Nigeria’s leading educated chief executives, when he was at the helm of the NAL Merchant Bank of Nigeria. He moved through the ranks to become a key boardroom figure in Nigeria’s corporate landscape. He was also a former presidential adviser to President Shehu Shagari, as well as the former president of the Nigerian Institute of Management.
In 2013, he established the Gamaliel & Susan Onosode Foundation to aid in the improvement of education in Nigeria and to assist educational and societal development initiatives in Nigeria.
Gamaliel Onosode Early Life
Born and bred in Sapele, a suburban city in contemporary Delta State, by a disciplined father, he sometimes owed his success as a disciplined government servant and business administrator to his severe familial upbringing and practise.
Onosode was born on May 22, 1933, and attended Government College, Ughelli, and the University of Ibadan.
Gamaliel Onosode Career
From 1984 to 2007, he was Chairman of Dunlop Nigeria Plc; Chairman of Cadbury Nigeria Plc from 1977 to 1993; Chairman of the Presidential Commission on Parastatals in 1981; Chairman of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, LNG, Working Committee, and Nigeria LNG Limited from 1985 to 1990; and Chairman of the Niger Delta Environmental Survey in 1983.
He was also the Chairman of Zain Nigeria, a GSM carrier.
Tribute to Gamaliel Onosode
Paul Adefarasin said,
Lifelong learning is a key to success and very few men encapsulate that ideal like Gamaliel Onosode did. He was a classical gentleman – a true renaissance man, passionate about service to our nation and its people. He was one of the men, who had a profound impact on my life.
Audu Maikori said,
Gamaliel Onosode is the last of a rare breed of fine gentlemen. Growing up my dream was to be like him… I am still dreaming… #RIP
Musiliu Obanikoro said,
In Gamaliel Onosode we saw the full manifestation of an impeccable character! May his gentle soul rest in peace. #MO
Delta Speaker mourns said,
Mr. Ovwigho Igbuya, Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, said Deacon Onosode’s death has deprived Nigerians, particularly the people of Delta State, of the services of one of the most consistent administrators of this era.
In a statement, Igbuya’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Henry Ebireri, urged the next generation of Nigerians to follow in Onosode’s footsteps, saying, “Onosode was a family man who radiated the best of family values.”
“Onosode stood out in Nigeria. He was an unique find and a visionary leader with an uncanny ability to spot talent.
He gathered together talented young men and women as the head of the then NAL Merchant Bank of Nigeria, some of whom are now in top banking positions in the country and overseas.
“He displayed outstanding administrative prowess as a presidential adviser to President Shagari and a past President of the Nigerian Institute of Management.”
Igbuya advised Onosode’s immediate family and the Urhobo people everywhere to “take solace in the knowledge that God’s will is unquestionable and must always prevail.”
Gov Okowa’s said,
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, expressed grief and astonishment over Onosode’s death.
The governor termed Onosode’s death as a major loss to Deltans and Nigerians in general in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu.
He described the late Onosode as a great Nigerian technocrat, administrator, astute and disciplined politician who had etched his indelible footprints on the sands of time by meritoriously serving his fatherland in various capacities.
Condoling the Urhobo people, Okowa noted that Onosode’s death occurred at a time when his service, participation, and ideas were most required amid the country’s current socio-economic and political challenges.
Okocha, Gbagi said,
Chief Peter Okocha, Chairman of Sadiq Oil, also spoke, saying Nigeria has lost a first-rate scholar.
“A magnificent Nigerian and Deltan, a wonderful Nigerian and first-rate intellectual has passed to the great beyond,” he said. “May the gentle soul of his soul rest in peace.”
“He has paid his dues in this country, and we all saw that,” Gbagi added. God awarded him with age to cap off a spotless life. I had no idea the last time I saw him at the palace of the King of Ughelli would be our last.
“I respect him because he was a man of excellent pedigree.” His behaviour was exceptional every time our paths met, whether in politics or other sectors.
Nigerians should take a leaf out of his book and live lives of integrity. “I have no doubt that his soul is at peace.”
“It is a great loss. He was one of the great minds in Nigeria; a perfect gentleman. He is one of those that Nigeria needs at this point in time, particularly with the reconstruction of our economy and others.”
“Nigeria has lost a colossus,” adding that Onosode’s exemplary life style is worthy of emulation.
Chief Etiebet said,
“It is very sad to hear that Sir Gamaliel Onosode is dead. Nigeria has lost a rare gem. He epitomized, in all respects, what Nigeria wanted to be as a nation.
“We will surely miss him and may his gentle soul rest in peace as we ask for God’s grace to abide with the family to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.”
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