By Festus Ahon, Akpokona Omafuaire, Perez Brisibe & Ochuko Akpopha
AGBARHA-OTOR—THE remains of the first civilian governor of Delta State, Olorogun Felix Ibru, were, yesterday, laid to rest at his Agbarha-Otor country home, Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state, amidst tributes and eulogies.
The remains which arrived All Saints Anglican Cathedral in a black Mercedes Benz hearse at 10a.m. for the funeral service was escorted by policemen in ceremonial uniforms. Ibru was interred at 2:30p.m., at his residence after his body was taken to Ovwor-Olomu his maternal home.
In his remark, the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa described Ibru as a man who united Deltans as a people at a time when things were rough and tough. He said: “Delta State has lost one of its best, but his good works will remain with us. His death will bring peace to the family.”
Ibru had an eventful life—Uduaghan
In his tribute, former Delta State governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, said: “Obviously, he had an eventful life during which he ran a very successful practice as an architect. He was a quintessential politician and made his mark as the first elected governor of Delta State and later a senator.”
He used his God-given talent to serve his people—Ogbemudia
Former Military Governor of defunct Midwest State, Brig- Gen Samuel Ogbemudia (retd), said: “A long page will not suffice for the shortest summary of Senator Felix Ibru’s life and times with all the sterling achievements they encompassed.
“Our brother Ibru was the major contributor to what is celebrated as the Midwest miracle. He is a man who, from the beginning to the end, used his God-given talent to serve his kinsmen, state, region, nation and humanity as a superlative architect and a human administrator.”
Ibru was not intoxicated by power—Igbuya
On his part, Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Monday Igbuya, said: “He will forever be remembered as one who came and did his bit in a very great and impressive way. He will also be remembered by Nigerians, particularly Deltans, as the man who reached the pinnacle of power but refused to be intoxicated by it.”
He was down to earth—Delta CJ
In his tribute, the state Chief Judge, Justice Marshall Mukoro, said: “His death is a painful loss not only to his immediate family but also to Delta State as a political entity. “He had the distinction of being its first democratically elected governor. He was elected a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Earlier in his homily, Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, urged Nigerians to desire the church, stressing that their target should not be for the glory of man but that of God which abides forever.