By Eseoghene Emuke
Nigeria’s top political gladiators including the immediate past President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Governors Ifeanyi Okowa and Godwin Obaseki of Delta and Edo States respectively on Friday attended the burial ceremony of Chief James Edevbie at Afiesere in Ughelli, Delta State.
Chief James Edevbie is the father of the Chief of Staff to Gov. Okowa and former Private Secretary to late former President Musa Yar’Adua, Olorogun David Edevbie.
Other notable dignitaries that attended the funeral included former Delta governor, Chief James Ibori; Minority Leader, House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu; accomplished banker, Mr Tony Elumelu; Delta Deputy Governor, Mr Kingsley Otuaro, and other politicians across the country.
In his tribute at the All Saints Cathedral, Anglican Communion, Ughelli, where the last service was held for the deceased, Governor Okowa eulogized the late Edevbie for living an exemplary life worth emulating.
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Okowa “We have come to identify with a friend, Olorogun Edevbie, as he bid his father farewell.
“When a man has lived for 93 years, we have to rejoice, bearing in mind that he also lived a good life and we can see that he has been given a befitting rite of passage.
“As a people, we should continue to contribute positively to the development of our society, be committed to creating a better society by engaging in good activities.
“As I wish all of us old age, we should continue to impact on the lives of people through good deeds.”
In his homily, the Bishop of Ughelli Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. C.O. Odutemu, told the gathering particularly politicians to see their present positions as one to positively impact the society.
“Office or positions will not excuse us from giving account on the last day when we will appear before God; we will all give account for our actions.
“You live in affluence, yet, your next door neighbour cannot feed, you will give account; you should remember your God; the position that you are holding is an opportunity to serve and God will judge us according to our deeds.
“Those that we are condemning may even make heaven when they repent; have the fear of God in all your actions; let us accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour,” he said.
Below are photos from the burial