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NDDC Chairman Extols Virtues Of Departed Ondo Centenarian, Late Abegunde

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The Chairman of the Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, has described the departed centenarian and patriarch of the Abegunde family as a trailblazer in his community in Akure, Ondo State.
Ebie, who spoke during the funeral service of Chief Williams Abegunde Fagbegi at the Cathedral Church of Saint David, Ijomu in Akure, remarked that his successes and achievements in various fields should be celebrated.
The NDDC Chairman conveyed his condolences on behalf of the Board and Management of the Commission to the family of the deceased, including the NDDC Executive Director of Corporate Services, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde.

He noted that Pa Williams’ transition would be felt not only by his family members but also by other Nigerians because of his several contributions to various aspects of life.

Ebie urged the family to be comforted that their patriarch lived a good and fulfilled life, adding: “His precepts will continue to inspire his family, friends, and associates to aspire to accomplish greatness and establish a worthy legacy too.”

In his remarks, the NDDC Managing Director, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, said that the departed centenarian lived a life worthy of emulation. “We are here to honour and celebrate him, as well as support his children whose towering personalities are evidence of his enduring legacies.”

He said that the departed patriarch was a successful farmer and visionary who placed a high premium on education for his children. He added: “He exemplified hard work, love and devotion, with a passion for education as a panacea to poverty.”

He observed that with their son as one of the Executive Directors in NDDC, Ondo State would surely get its fair share from all NDDC programmes and projects.

Responding on behalf of the family, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde thanked the NDDC for coming to comfort them as they performed the funeral ceremonies of their patriarch.

According to him, Pa Williams touched many lives and achieved remarkable milestones in his lifetime.

He thanked friends and associates for joining the Abegunde family to bid farewell to Pa Williams Abegunde Fagbegi, noting: “Your presence provided immense comfort and strength for us as we celebrate his journey to eternity. Your presence is evidence of the enduring bonds that we share.”
The burial ceremony was graced by many important personalities, including the Acting Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, and the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade.

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Prof Ben Nwabueze’s Final Journey Home Begins Thursday

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The Prof Ben Nwabueze National Burial Committee, chaired by Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Commonwealth Secretary-General, and Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, announced plans for the burial of the country’s leading constitutional lawyer on Monday.

Prof Nwabueze, an extraordinary scholar, teacher, lawyer, recipient of the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM), Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), and former Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, died at the age of 92 on October 29, 2023.

According to the Committee’s statement, burial activities will begin on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 2 p.m. with a Valedictory Court Session at the Lagos State High Court Premises in Ikeja. Justice Kazeem Olanrewaju Alogba, Lagos State’s Chief Judge, will preside over the event.

As part of the obsequies to the dead, Friday, February 23, 2024, has been scheduled as a Day of Tributes at the Harbour Point Event Centre, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos, at 2pm.

The statement went on to say that the eminent jurist’s mortal remains would be interred at his country home in Atani, Ogbaru Local Government Area, Anambra State on Thursday, February 29, 2024.

Then, Friday, March 1, 2024 has been scheduled as the day for national tributes and celebration of the impactful and very worthy life and times of Akunnia Benjamin Obiefuna Nwabueze, the Oduah Afo-na-Isagba of Atani, at Atani. The ceremony will commence at 12 noon.

,The colloquium is scheduled to commence at 11am.

Prof Nwabueze, CON, who at the time of his passing was the most senior lawyer in Nigeria with a scholarly output that included over 34 books, 100 conference keynotes, and 200 peer-reviewed and scientific articles, and probably also the most prolific and influential legal scholar out of Africa, was the Chairman of The Patriots.

The National Burial Committee said in the statement that The Patriots deliberately settled for March 18 for the colloquium to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the 2014 Nigerian National Conference, which was inaugurated on March 17, 2014 by former President Goodluck Jonathan. Prof Nwabueze advocated for restructuring until his death, believing that it was the only way to a more egalitarian and prosperous nation.

The statement which was signed by Mr. Olawale Okunniyi, Secretary of the National Burial Committee, further said: “The historic National Colloquium being organised in honour of Prof Ben Nwabueze SAN, a foremost champion of the 2014 National Confab, will be chaired by Chief Emeka Anyaoku GCON, former Secretary General of the Commonwealth and Chairman of The Patriots.

“Expected at the various events of the obsequies announced above are delegations and representatives of the Federal Government of Nigeria, former Presidents and Vice Presidents of Nigeria, serving and former State Governors, former and serving members of the National Assembly.

“Others include present and former members of State Houses of Assembly, envoys of Foreign Missions in Nigeria, leaders of socio-cultural and political groups, members of the Bench and the Bar, close associates and friends of the late eminent jurist.”

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Anyaoku, Iwuanyanwu, National Burial Committee Announce Final Obsequies For Prof Ben Nwabueze SAN, CON

The National Committee For the burial of Prof Ben Nwabueze SAN, co chaired by by His Excellency, Chief Emeka Anyaoku GCON, CFR and Chief Emmanuel Iwuayanwu, CFR, President-General of the Ohaneze Ndi Igbo has announced the final funeral rites of departed Elder Statesman, Eminent Jurist and Constitutional Icon, Prof Ben Nwabueze SAN, CON, who was until his demise the Chairman of Eminent National Leaders of Nigeria popularly known as The Patriots as follows:

1. Thursday, 22nd February, 2024 – Valedictory Court Session at the State High Court Premises, Ikeja, Lagos State by the Judiciary at 2pm. To be presided over by the Chief Judge of Lagos State

2. Friday, 23rd February, 2024 – Day of Tributes in Lagos at Harbour Point Event Centre, Amadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos at 2pm.

3. Thursday, 29th February, 2024 – Family Private Burial Ceremony in Atani, Anambra State.

4. Friday, 1st March, 2024 – National Tributes and Celebration of Life in Atani, Anambra State at 12noon.

5. Monday, 18th March, 2024 – National Colloquium/Dialogue at Nigeria Institute of International Affairs NIIA, 3/5, Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos is being organised by the Patriots at 11am to coincide with the the 10th Year Anniversary of the Nigerian National Confab of 2014, inaugurated on 17th March, 2014 by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The historic National Colloquium being organised in honour of Prof Ben Nwabueze SAN, a foremost champion of the 2014 National Confab, will be chaired by Chief Emeka Anyaoku GCON, Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth and Chairman of The Patriots.

Delegations and representatives of the Federal Government of Nigeria, former Presidents and Vice Presidents of Nigeria are expected to attend the various Obsequies announced above. Various State Governors including host Governors in Lagos and Anambra States, Former Governors, Delegation and Members of the National Assembly, Former Senators and Former Members of the House of Representatives,

Others are; Present and Former Members of State Legislative Assembly, Envoys of Foreign Missions in Nigeria, Leaders of Socio-Cultural and Political Groups, Delegation and Members of the Bench and the Bar, Close Associates and Friends of the late eminent jurist.

Thank you.

Signed:
Olawale Okunniyi
Secretary,
The National Burial Committee

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Oborevwori Visits Late Asagba’s  Family, Condoles Asaba People

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Oborevwori (centre) during the visit

Delta State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, Monday, has visited the palace of the  Asagba of Asaba to commiserate with the family and the people of Asaba at large on the passing of His Royal Majesty Obi Professor Chike Edozien.

Governor Oborevwori while addressing palace chiefs, the widow and family members of the late monarch in company of his Deputy, Sir Monday Onyeme, members of the State Executive Council and other top government functionaries, expressed shock at the passing of the revered monarch.

The Governor said; “a few days ago, I received a letter from the Palace of the Asagba of Asaba, informing me of the demise of HRM Obi Professor Joseph Chike Edozien.

“It came to us as a rude shock because I remember during my campaign I was here, Agunwanyi was also seated beside the Asagba and he prayed for me.

“After my swearing-in, I came to this same palace one quiet evening and we discussed at length about the development of Asaba.

“It is sad that His Royal Majesty has passed on because he was somebody that was well respected and who got to the peak of his career.

“When you listen to him, you know he is somebody with so much knowledge and anybody who cares to listen must tap some knowledge from him;  I can tell you that we are using some of his advices to work.

“I want to assure the family that we are with them at this time of grief. I commiserate with our mummy, Her Royal Majesty, Agunwanyi, the children, his family, the Palace of the Asagba of Asaba, Asaba people and the entire people of Oshimili South Local Government over his demise.

“We pray that God grants him eternal rest. We know that he has gone to rest with the Lord and we are with you at this time of grief.”

In an interview with journalists during the visit, Governor Oborevwori expressed sadness at the passing of the respected monarch whom he described as a leader who was passionate about the growth and development of his people and the peace and unity of the state and the nation.

He said: “The news of his death came to me as a rude shock because, no matter the age a person, if he passes on you will still feel it.  Well, it has happened and we cannot question God and that is why I have come here with my Deputy Governor and other members of the State Executive Council to commiserate with his family, his subjects and the entire people of Oshimili South over this great loss.

“Our prayer is for God to grant him eternal rest.”

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Gov. Otti Pays Condolence Visit To The Wigwe Family

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Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti, has expressed his heartfelt condolences to the Wigwe family during a visit he made on Friday in Lagos.
The purpose of his visit was to console and offer support to Pastor and Mrs. Shingle Wigwe, the grieving parents of the late Mr. Herbert Wigwe, Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings.
Before this visit, Governor Otti had already honored his dear friend and professional colleague, Mr. Herbert Wigwe, through the composition of a poignant tribute titled “Saying Goodbye,” which reflected their close bond and shared professional experiences.

Governor Otti’s condolence visit to the Wigwe family exemplified his deep sense of compassion and empathy towards those experiencing loss and grief.
This gesture revealed the governor’s understanding of the profound impact of bereavement on individuals and families, as well as his reiteration of the importance of community support during such trying times.

The governor’s visit to the Wigwe family held significant meaning beyond mere symbolic representation.
It demonstrated the governor’s commitment to fostering a sense of unity and solidarity within the state. By personally reaching out to a family in mourning, Governor Otti showcased his dedication to being a leader who actively engages with the people he serves.
His presence and comforting words undoubtedly provided solace and strength to the bereaved family, assuring them that they were not alone in their grief.

As a close friend and professional colleague of Mr. Herbert Wigwe, Governor Otti felt compelled to pay tribute to the late CEO through a heartfelt composition aptly titled “Saying Goodbye.”
In this tribute, the governor captured the essence of their friendship, highlighting Mr. Wigwe’s remarkable achievements and the impact he made both in the corporate world and within their personal lives.
The tribute served as a lasting testament to their shared experiences and the indelible mark Mr. Wigwe left on the hearts of those who knew him.

Governor Otti’s tribute not only celebrated Mr. Wigwe’s professional accomplishments but also offered a glimpse into the kind of person he was beyond his role as a CEO.
It portrayed him as a genuine and compassionate individual, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others.

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