March 22, 2016

Emulate Ibru’s humility, Ochulor tasks politicians

Emulate Ibru’s humility, Ochulor tasks politicians

Olorogun Felix Ibru

By Emeka Mamah

Former Military Administrator of Delta State, Air Commodore Luke Ochulor, has asked politicians in the country to reduce tension by emulating the humility and sincerity of his successor in office, late Senator Felix Ibru. Ibru died last week at the age of 80.

In his tribute, Ochulor, who handed over power to Ibru in 1992, as the candidate of the defunct Social Democratic Party, SDP, noted that although the former governor hailed from a wealthy family, he was humble and sincere.

“He was very humble. He was governor between 1991 and 1993 after taking over from me. I don’t think he was a do-or-die politician,  like those we have today in the country, who want to get into office by all means. This is the quality I would like politicians to copy from Olorogun Felix Ibru,” he said.

Ochulor noted that Ibru’s reaction when he was removed from office unceremoniously by the General Sani Abacha-led military junta which dismantled all the democratic structures in the country then was mild as he was not the kind of person that agonized or antagonized any one over such things.

Also, Paul Ibru, eldest son of late Olorogun Felix Ibru, has told Delta All Progressives Congress, APC, delegation led by Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, in Lagos, that his late father will be remembered for the positive efforts he made towards nation building and the advancement of constitutional democracy in Nigeria.

According to him, “My dad was a unique father, leader and a progressive who strived hard, using political platforms to actualize his dream of changing lives and at the same time  utilized the several opportunities he had to serve Deltans as governor and the good people of Delta Central as senator of the federal republic of Nigeria.”

He expressed  displeasure over the alarming rate of poverty, joblessness particularly the sorry state of insecurity and infrastructural decay in the state, pointing out that it was unacceptable for any right thinking Deltan to say that the state has fared well as a rich oil producing state in Nigeria.