Pini Jason died Saturday afternoon in a Lagos hospital after undergoing a surgical procedure.
Mr. Kalu said in a statement that Mr. Onyegbaduo, even in the season when a lot of men of integrity were losing their heads, kept his and this reflected in his writings.
He said the prominent columnist, who died on Saturday, was one of the few consciences of the nation and excelled in his chosen profession.
“Pini Jason’s death is quite lamentable, especially at this time when such intervention as he makes with his column is quite needed,” Mr. Kalu said.
“In as much as we cannot decide for God when any man should die, his death at this point in time is quite painful.”
Mr. Kalu commiserated with the family of Onyegbaduo and wished him eternal rest.
Mr. Onyegbaduo died Saturday afternoon in a Lagos hospital after undergoing a surgical procedure a few days ago. He was 65.
He was a long standing Vanguard columnist, and worked briefly in 2007 as special assistant on special duties to former governor Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State.
Mr. Onyegbaduo’s last column was published Tuesday April 30 2013 and was titled,” A letter to Yushau Shuaib”, on the travails of the former spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.