Nigerians Pay Tribute to Felix Ibru
LAGOS MARCH 14TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Prominent Nigerians on Sunday paid glowing tributes to former governor of Delta State, Senator Felix Ibru, who passed on, Saturday at his Ikeja GRA, Lagos residence at the age of 80 years, describing him as a selfless public officer, a gentle and humble man full of love who remained passionate to the needs of the less privilege until he breathed his last.
Those involved, who were at the deceased’s residence on Sunday on a condolence visit, included former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof Bolaji Akinyemi; former Minister of Health, Prince Julius Adelusi Adeluyi; Bishop of Lagos West, Anglican Communion, Rt Rev James Odedeji; former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Housing, Engineer Guy Otobo, among others.
According to Pro Akinyemi, who disclosed that Ibru was his senior prefect at Igbobi College in 1955, said he was very kind and gave him all the protection he needed being the youngest in the college those days, adding that he enjoyed his humility.
Akinyemi commended Ibru as a selfless public officer; the type the country needed, saying he demonstrated traits of leadership right from his youth.
“The country need people like him. He led his people well as a governor and as a Senator,” he said, urging the children he left behind not to feel sorrowful over the death of their father because he lived a worthy life and died honourably.
Adeluyi, in his own remark, described the former Delta State governor as a giver, mentor and leader who was dedicated to the service of God in his lifetime.
The former minister who came with his wife Julia, who recalled the good old days he shared with the deceased, further described the late former governor, Ibru as a hardworking person, dedicated to whatever he believed in and worked as if he knew he was going to become a leader.
While commending Ibru’s love for God’s services, Prince Adeluyi stated that the former president served God with all his strength and did his best in mentoring those behind him irrespective of their ethnic and religious affiliation.
Speaking on how Ibru should be immortalised, Adeluyi said that should be left for those that would succeed him, explaining that such effort should start from his state, Delta.
In his remark, former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Housing, Engineer Otobo described Ibru as a good senior brother whom he revered.
“Felix Ibru was an elegant man, a good statesman who served Delta State very well as a governor and a senator. He was very kind and gentle and someone who lived a blessed life,” Otobo wrote in the condolence.
According to Bishop Odedeji, the former Delta governor was a kind man who came down to the level of everybody when it comes to interaction, saying, “He doesn’t discriminate. He was very kind and humble person whom we will all miss.”
Bishop Odedeji who also had words of prayers with the family said he was sure that papa lived a life that touched everybody that he came across.