The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ndudi Elumelu has expressed shock and disbelief over the sad news of the death of ace actress and producer, Rachel Oniga.
In a Statement on Sunday 1st August, 2021, Elumelu described Rachael Oniga as a leading light in the Nigeria movie industry and an accomplished daughter of Delta State, saying that her demise remains a National tragedy and a personal loss.
He said that her death has left a yawning gap which will be difficult to fill and noted that she was an amazing actress and producer who brought in professionalism and played key roles in growing and repositioning the Nigeria’s movie Industry.
The Minority Leader, on behalf of the Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives, commiserated with the Oniga family, the government and people of Delta State and the Nollywood family and prayed God, in His mercies, to grant them the fortitude to bear the painful and irreparable loss.
“I have been grief-stricken since I received the news of the death of ace actress, prolific producer; a leading light in the Nigeria movie industry and accomplished daughter of Delta state, Rachel Oniga.
“Rachel Oniga’s death is a national tragedy and a huge loss not only to our dear state, Delta but also to me personally as well as to millions of her fans, whose lives she had imparted in many positive ways with her talent and skills.
“Alas, our nation has lost a brilliant star. Rachel Oniga was an amazing actress and producer. She brought in professionalism and played key roles in growing and repositioning our movie industry not only to positively project our nation but also impart and reinforce our rich values as a people.
“Indeed, her exit at this point in our national life has left a yawning gap which will be difficult to fill.
“She used her expertise to bring succour, hope and encouragement to the hurting while instilling the virtues of patience, compassion, faith, hardwork, honesty and undying optimism, for which her memory will remain evergreen as she now rests in the bosom of our Saviour.
“On behalf of the Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives as well as the good people of Onicha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, I deeply commiserate with the Oniga family, the government and people of Delta state and the Nollywood family as I pray God, in His mercies, to grant us the fortitude to bear this painful and irreparable loss,” the Minority Leader said in the Statement.