- Oyegun, Gen. Buratai, Igbinedion, Okowa, Obaseki, Oshiomhole, others pay tributes
The remains of late legendary politician, administrator and former Governor of Midwest and Bendel State, Dr. Samuel Osaigbovo were entered into mother earth Friday at his Iheya Street in Benin the Edo State capital.
This is as eminent Nigerians drawn from all walks of life, including servings generals, members of the diplomatic corps, former and serving state governors, clerics, leaders and elders of various political parties and members of the national and state Houses of Assembly also Friday poured encomiums to extol the virtues of the late former governor.
Dr. Ogbemudia, a retired Brigadier General of the Nigerian Army, passed on last week Thursday in Lagos after a brief illness at the age of 84 years.
Speakers at a well-attended interdenominational church service held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in the ancient capital town of Benin City reminisced with sober reflection the numerous indelible footprints and exemplary lifestyle he lived while serving the state, his people and the nation in various capacities as both a military officer and a civilian.
Leading the guests and the mammoth crowd was General Yakubu Gowon, (rtd) under whose government the late Ogbemudia served in different capacities, National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Odigie Oyegun, Deputy Governor of Delta State Barrister Kingsley Otuaro, who represented Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, former governors Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion and Chief Tom Ikimi.
Others were General Okon Udom and GOC of the 6 Division, who represented the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Buratai, Senator Ehigie Uzamere, former Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, Bishop Justus Muokolu of the Anglican Diocese Asaba, Bishop Peter Imasuen of the Benin Anglican Communion, Secretary to the Edo State Government (SSG), Ogie Osarodion, Chief Osaro Idah and several others.
Gowon noted that late Ogbemudia was both a military and civilian general, a man of many parts and a strong believer in one Nigeria who in word and deeds exemplified the concept of exemplary service to the people while he was in his government as then military head of state.
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