Ocholi, together with his wife and son, were killed on Sunday in a car crash in Abuja-Kaduna road.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said in a statement last night that Buhari described Ocholi’s death as untimely.
The presidential spokesman said Buhari regretted that Nigeria had lost a key component of the change agenda.
“Barrister Ocholi was an accomplished and patriotic Nigerian, who was keen to accept the call to service at a time his country needed him”, the president was quoted as saying.
Buhari said in the few months he had been in office, the late minister had begun to distinguish himself through his commitment and dedication to his portfolio.
The presidential aide said the Late Ocholi had a long record of political association with President Buhari.
Shehu said President Buhari also consoled with the government and people of Kogi State for “having lost a distinguished and irreplaceable son”.
He said the president prayed that God comfort the bereaved and grant them the grace to bear the loss.
“The entire country mourns the loss of this great man who has sadly left us when we need him most”, the president said.
Shehu said Buhari had also sent the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal, “to formally convey the news to members of the deceased family as well as parishioners in his place of worship”.