BY CLIFFORD NDUJIHE
LAGOS — IT is exactly 366 days that Mr Alex Uruemu Ibru, the publisher of The Guardian Newspapers died but to his immediate family it is as if he died yesterday.
At a one-year memorial events organised for Alex Ibru in Lagos, yesterday, the late industrialist’s widow, Maiden Ibru, told Vanguard what she missed most with Ibru’s demise, lamenting that life has been difficult without her husband.
Asked how it had been one year after Alex died on a symbolic date (November 20, 2011 or 20-11-2011), Maiden Ibru said: “How can it be? It has been a very difficult year but we thank God for his mercies. He has been there for us. He has been very supportive and He will continue to be supportive and protect all of us.”
On what she missed most about Alex Ibru, she said: “He was my husband. What does a wife miss about her husband? Companionship and his presence. When you get home, you meet someone at home. All that is all gone.”
To mark the first year memorial of Alex Ibru’s death, the family organised two events yesterday. The first was a thanksgiving service at Our Saviour’s Anglican Church, Tafawa Balewa Square and the second was a reception at the Shell Hall of MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.
The events drew friends and members of The Guardian and Ibru family.
Notable persons at the ceremonies included former Governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba; his wife, Derin; Pa Akintola Williams; Senator Udoma Udo Udoma; former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu; Dr Gamaliel Onosode, Mr Ladi Bonula, Chief Nike Akande, Prof. Wale Omole; his wife, Sade and Chief John Odeyemi, among others.