For our Lord is a God of knowledge who knows our end from our genesis. The darkness has fallen upon Benin City and my condolences to Omo N’oba and the Okunbo family. The pride of the city has departed like it was when Archbishop Prof Idahosa was called home at age 59. I am gravely pained that the worthy man of the city, my neighbour has departed. Sorrow has engulfed our hearts. The mighty has fallen.
When in the last Christmas season his usual celebrations did not Blossom, his neighbours on Aiguobasimwin became troubled. With a foreknowledge that he was ill, we ceaselessly prayed for his death to be averted. God the owner of breath decided otherwise. An amiable gentleman has fallen. Calamity has befallen the people of Edo. The friend of the poor and needy has departed. We will greatly miss him in Aiguobasimwin.
I have in the quietness of my mind realised again that all the labour of man is vanity. If death had a price, Hosa would have raised the funds. We shall all face death. If only in this world we have hope in Christ we are of all men most miserable. Do the good that you can on earth.
For Captain, the journey has ended. Let us reciprocate the love he shared to humanity to his wife, children, mother and siblings.
Rev Dr Peter Obadan
Prime Deputy Governor
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