Mr. Gamiliel Onosode, a chartered stockbroker, administrator and financial consultant, is dead. He died in the early hours of yesterday in a hospital in Lagos after being flown back to Nigeria from London.
Onosode was a former presidential candidate of the All Nigeria People’s Party of Nigeria and was educated at the Government College, Ughelli, and the University of Ibadan.
Onosode, an Urhobo-born financial consultant was born on May 22, 1933 in Sapele, a sub-urban city in the current Delta.
Onosode later emerged in the 1970s as one of Nigeria’s leading educated chief executives, when he was at the helm of affairs at NAL Merchant Bank of Nigeria.
Over the years, he rose to become a leading boardroom player in Nigeria’s corporate environment. He was a Presidential Adviser to the then President Shehu Shagari and a former President of the Nigerian Institute of Management, and chaired several private and public sector businesses and initiatives.
These included Dunlop Nigeria Plc, Cadbury Nigeria Plc, Presidential Commission on Parastatals and Nigeria LNG Working Committee and Nigeria LNG Limited and the Niger Delta Environmental Survey.
Onosode was a Fellow of the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank, the Nigerian Institute of Management and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.
In addition, Onosode was immediate-past and inaugural President of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers, immediate past Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Uyo.
He holds Honorary D.Sc. degrees of Obafemi Awolowo University, the University of Benin and the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
Before his death, he was Chairman of Delta State Think-Tank on Development, Global Missions Board of the Nigerian Baptist Convention and Governing Council of Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso.
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled the family of the foremost administrator and technocrat, Mr Gamaliel Onosode, whose death was announced yesterday at the age of 82.
“President Buhari also commiserated with the government and people of Delta State, and the Nigerian Baptist Convention on the passing away of their illustrious son and evangelist.
“Mr. Onosode, who apart from being a colossus in Nigeria’s private sector, also excelled in public service on various occasions”, a statement signed by Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina read in part.
President Buhari also expressed belief that Mr. Onosode will be long remembered “as an exemplary citizen and leader who made very significant contributions to national development.
“The President urges his family, friends, associates and other Nigerians to honour Mr. Onosode’s memory by upholding the virtues of integrity, honesty and dedication to service, which he passionately promoted in his long and highly successful career in the private and public sectors.
He prays that God Almighty will comfort all who mourn the late Onosode and grant his soul eternal rest,” the statement read. Also, former Commonwealth Secretary-General Emeka Anyaoku described the late Gamaliel Onosode as a true symbol of integrity, an outstanding patriot and an icon of the best of Nigeria’s national values.


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