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The late Felix Ibru

Gov. Okowa, Igbuya mourn Ibru

The late Felix Ibru
The late Felix Ibru
Delta Stat governor, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Saturday commiserated with the Ibru family over the death of Olorogun Felix Ibru, the first civilian governor of the state.
Okowa, in a condolence message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, described late Ibru as a patriot and a political icon who led the state in her “embryonic stage.”
The governor said that Ibru would be missed by all whose lives he had touched in many ways in his “very fulfilled and achievements-laden life.”
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I mourn the exit of a legend, political titan and first civilian governor of Delta, Olorogun Senator Felix Ovuodoroye Ibru.
“Senator Ibru’s life-long dedication and indefatigable commitment to serving the people of the state will be missed.
“His service to the Urhobos worldwide that he served as Senator and as President of the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), will be missed,” Okowa said.
Okowa said the late Ibru was a renowned politician, businessman and a highly revered octogenarian.
He said that Ibru was among the very special people who made significant and indelible contributions to the country and humanity.
The governor joined the Ibru’s family, friends, associates, and fans across the world in mourning the ex-governor, assuring the family that the former governor would always be celebrated.
“He will be honoured by his proud countrymen and women for his unblemished service and exemplary career which had inspired others to take up a life of selfless service to humanity.”
The late Ibru, who died at 80, was a one-time Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District.
On his part, Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Monday Igbuya, Saturday, also joined several dignitaries across Nigeria to mourn the death of the former Governor of Delta State, Olorogun Felix Ibru.
‎In a condolence message to the family, Igbuya described Ibru’s death as painful.
Igbuya lauded Ibru’s great concern for the unity of Nigeria, the growth of democracy and development of Delta State.
“Chief Felix Ibru as a governor, senator, international businessman, philanthropist and politician gained the respect, trust and love of the entire country and he will be greatly missed”, he said.
Igbuya prayed Almighty God to grant the soul of the late politician eternal rest and grant members of the family the strength to bear the loss.
The speaker also commiserated with the family of Nigeria’s First Republic finance minister, Chief Festus Okotie- Eboh over the demise of Mr. Lawrence Okotie-Eboh.
Igbuya described the death of Mr. Lawrence Okotie-Eboh as a loss, not for the Okotie-Eboh family alone but for the entire Sapele people.
“My prayer is that God will give the family the fortitude to bear the loss”, he said.
Chief Felix Ibru, passed on after a brief illness at about 1:pm in Lagos, Saturday, a family source said.
The 80-year-old indigene of Agbarho in Ughelli North Local Government was a onetime President General of foremost Urhobo Progressive Union (UPU).
Felix, one of the four of the famous Ibru brothers, was born on 7 December 1935 at Agbarha-Otor in the Ughelli North local government area of Delta State to Chief Peter Epete Ibru.
He started his political career in 1983 when he contested for a Senate seat and in 1991 he was elected as the first executive Governor of then new Delta State.
He is is survived by 6 children and many nor grand children.
Although the Ibru family is yet to issue a formal statement concerning the death, a close family source confirmed the development.

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