Published On: Sun, Oct 25th, 2015

Nigerians Pay Last Respect to Onosode in Ughelli

Chief Gamaliel Onosode lying i tate

Chief Gamaliel Onosode lying i tate

By Omamuzo Efidhere
LAGOS OCTOBER 26TH (URHOBOTODAY)- Nigerians on Saturday paid their last respect to Nigerian industrialist, late Gamaliel Onosode.
Prominent among those who paid their last respect to Onosode were Delta State Governor, Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Chief John Odiege Oyegun, the former Secretary General of Common Wealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and member representing Ughelli North constituency at the Delta State House ofAssembly, Hon. Eric Oharisi among others.

The funeral ceremony which was held at the First Baptist Church Ughelli, Ughelli North local government area of Delta State was well attended by dignitaries from within and outside
the country, particularly business gurus and higly respected politicians.
The corpse of late Gamaliel Onosode which arrived the venue of the church at about 10am was accompanied by respected spiritual fathers and clergy men from all denomination across the
country. The corpse of late Chief Gamaliel Onosode was before the church service taken to his alma-mata where his old boys led by the Presidentof the Government College worldwide paid their last respect and described him as a man who lived an exemplary life worth emulating.
Speaking at the church service, the Delta State Governor,Dr. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa and the former Common Wealth Secretary General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku said it was their joy to join hands with the people of Ughelli,Delta and Nigeria nation to celebrate the exit of a man they described as modest and a gentleman who lived his life with the fear of God.
They explained that late Chief Onosode lived a fulfilled lifeworth of emulation and with total commitment to the service of God, adding thathe did not end it there but became a practice both at his private and public life.
The duo said, “Onosode lived a life of a servant leaderwho teaches by example, faithful as a servant, meticulous, diligent anddedicated in everything he does and particularly very conscious of everything,whether personal or group.”
Anyaoku said, “I met Onosode October 1954 and we quickly became friends. He was the first graduate to be selected by the British colony and l was down when l heard about his death.
” The member representing Ughelli North constituency II,Hon. Eric Oharisi who lamented about the vacuum late Chief Gamaliel Onosode hadleft behind, explained that Ughelli Kingdom, Delta State and Nigeria nation has lost a rare gem.
The House of Assembly member who spoke through his political aid, Hon. Jim Omokoro said the demise of late Onosode is like the fallof an Iroko tree and that Ughelli community and the
entire Urhobo nation will forever missed him.

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