Obi, Tinubu, Okowa, others meet at burial of Nduka Obaigbena’s mother

By Gabriel Elozino

Eminent Nigerians and top government functionaries, including presidential candidates of Labour Party and All Progressives Congress, Mr Peter Obi and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa were among the dignitaries that attended the burial of Princess Margaret Obaigbena.

The late princess of Owa Kingdom is mother of Prince Nduka Obaigbena, Publisher of THISDAY and Arise Television.

The funeral service was held on Saturday at St Andrews Anglican Church Owa-Oyibu, the headquarters of Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State.

Other dignitaries at the ceremony were state governors; Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti, Godwin Obaseki, Edo; Chukwuma Soludo, Anambra, Dapo Abiodun, Ogun; Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos and Atiku Bagudu, Kebbi State.

Also in attendance were Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor; Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele; business moguls, Aliko Dangote; Jim Ovia; Tony Elumelu and ex-state governors; Chief Olusegun Osoba of Ogun, Donald Duke of Cross River and Adams Oshiomhole of Edo, among others.

In his sermon, Bishop of Ika Diocese, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev’d Godfrey Ekpenisi, said Dame Margaret Obaigbena lived a life of humility and commitment to the service of God.

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Bishop Ekpenisi disclosed that the deceased octogenarian lived an impactful life, adding that Nigerians should love one another by being charitable towards the promotion of humanity.

According to him, Nigerians should wholeheartedly embrace God in their daily lives by shunning anything capable of severing their relationship with God.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, while speaking at the service eulogized the deceased for her invaluable service and significant contributions towards advancing the cause of humanity.

He described the matriarch of the Obaigbena family as a woman who spent her life time serving God and humanity.

“Mama was a mother to all and I am truly part of the family because I do remember our early days in life. She was always there for us.

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