By Innocent Anaba, Festus Ahon, Egufe Yafugborhi and Godwin Oghre
It was a roll call of ‘who is who’ in Nigeria, yesterday, at the reception held by Vanguard Newspapers Publisher, Mr Sam Amuka, after the burial of his late mother, Mama Ariteshoma Abeji Amuka-Pemu (Nee Okoro), on Friday, in Sapele, Delta State.
Governor Adams Oshiohmole of Edo State electrified the audience, when he took out time to dance to some traditional drummers’ tune as he entered the Athletic Club, Sapele, venue, of the reception. Minutes later, the entry of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State drew loud ovation, as guests tried to shake hands with him..
Different cultural groups treated guests to good tunes, in addition to acrobatic displays.
Meanwhile, encomiums continued to pour in, yesterday, for the late Mama Amuka-Pemu with Chief Kenneth Gbagi, a former Minister of State for Education, saying “the life mama lived is exemplified with the life her son, Sam.”
He added: “A good egg will always produce a good chicken. Mama was a good person and produced Sam Amuka, a very good person.”
Chief Andrew Oru, a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain, said: “Mama lived a life of fulfillment full with the grace of God and lived at peace with herself until her last day on earth.”
Chief Miller Uloho, Mr. Sam Amuka’s junior in Government College, Ughelli, Delta State and a long standing friend, said: “The life mama lived is a reflection of the respectable life the children are living.” Vice President, Sapele Boma Boys Club, Mr Egerton Uvieghara, said: “Mama lived a humble and Christ-like life. She prayed for everyone she came across and that was why she was popularly called Mama Sapele.”
Ejaife Odebala, a former Delta State House of Assembly member, said: “Mama was an icon, a great woman who was well loved and cared for by the children.”
Mr Austin Ayemidejo, Special Project Director, Asaba Airport Project, said: “I give thanks to God for the glorious life mama lived. Mama was as a blessing to Sapele and Delta at large.”
Mr Charles Emetulu, Delta Commissioner for Power and Energy, said: “It is the dream of every man/woman on earth to be buried by his or her children. Mama lived successfully and fulfilled that dream in a grand style, living to be buried at 109 years. We give kudos to her children and may her soul rest in peace.”
Sir Patrick Ferife, Commissioner Survey and Urban Development, Delta State, said: “Mama brought good children into the world. I commend the successful life she lived.”
Dignitaries at the event include a former Lagos State governor, Sen. Bola Tinubu; Chief Olusegun Osoba, a former Ogun State governor; Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, President; Sen. Roland Owie; Mr. Ovuzuorie Macaulay, Secretary to Delta State Government; Sir Edward Gbragada, the leader of Itsekiri in Sapele; and Mrs. Betty Efekhoda, Delta State Commissioner for Women Affairs.