Director Information, State House, Mr Justin Abuah (standing) during the President's breaking of Ramadan Fast with State house Press Corps at the Villa. May 30 2016 Buah Passed away on August 14 2016, Aged 57. Photo: Sunday Aghaeze

Tobi Soniyi in Abuja

The Presidency has announced the death of its Director of Information, Mr Justin Onuorah Abuah.

A statement issued in Abuja on Monday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adsina, said Abuah died last Sunday, August 14, in Abuja.

The statement reads:‎ “Born on January 29, 1959, Mr Abuah, fondly called O.J. by all who knew and came in close contact with him, died on Sunday, August 14, in Abuja after a brief illness.

“The late Abuah had a long and rich career at the Presidency, where he served seven past Nigerian leaders since 1986 when he joined the State House media office from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

“His many colleagues, friends and admirers will fondly remember him as the man behind several presidential statements and speeches; and he demonstrated a rare sense of calmness and candour in service.”

A native of Asaba, Oshimili South Local Government Area, Delta State, O.J. is survived by his wife, Loretta and three children (Chinedum, Chike and Amaechi).

The statement said President Muhammadu Buhari had sent a condolence message to the bereaved family.

Burial arrangements will be announced later by the family.