The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has commended the former Governor of the defunct Mid-West region, the late Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, for his selfless contributions to the development of Edo State, describing him as a leader whose legacy would remain indelible.
Oba Ewuare II made this known on Wednesday through a delegation of palace chiefs on a condolence visit to the bereaved’s family in Benin, the state capital.
The monarch, who was represented by the Esere of Benin Kingdom, Chief Stanley Obamwonyi, said it was sad that he would no longer see the late administrator, who sent him a remarkable coronation message.
The Oba, however, prayed God and the ancestors to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
Meanwhile, the management, staff and students of the University of Benin have condoled with the Ogbemudia family over the death of their patriarch.
The university was founded by the late Ogbemudia as the Mid-West Institute of Technology in 1970, before he announced its university status in April 1972, as its first visitor.
The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, who led other top officials of the university to the Benin residence of the late leader, was received by the first son of the deceased, Samuel Ogbemudia (Jnr.), and the widows, Clara and Yetunde.
Orumwense said that the news of his (Ogbemudia) death saddened the entire university community.
He described the former military governor as a visionary leader and trailblazer, whose values would never be forgotten.
The vice-chancellor noted that the university would also honour the deceased in due course.
Responding, the eldest son appreciated the university for supporting his late father while he was on admission at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.