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Tributes as Ogbemudia loses fight against death

Tributes as Ogbemudia loses fight against death

The entire Edo State, over the weekend, was thrown into mourning when former Military Governor of old Bendel State, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia’s death was an­nounced by his family.
The news of his death filtered into town that the amiable former military governor died on Thurs­day night in Lagos at the age of 84 while undergoing Diabetic treatment.
Tributes and condolenc­es have greeted the resi­dence of the gallant soldier at Iheya Quarters in Benin City. He was said to have prepared himself for death years ago. He wished to be buried immediately and beside his mother, reason many are yet to find out.
Former Minority Whip of the 7th House of Repre­sentatives, Rt Hon Samson Osagie in paying respect to the former governor, urged member of the National Assembly to name the Uni­versity of Benin, after Og­bemudia.
Hon Osagie described Ogbemudia as a man who raised many men and women and commanded respect because of his bril­liancy and excellence.
The All Progressives Congress, APC chieftain, commended the former governors, Adams Osh­iomhole and Lucky Igbin­edion, for supporting Og­bemudia by renaming the New Era College and sta­dium after him.
He urged the Ogbemu­dia family to accept his condolence and sustain the legacies left behind by their father.
He said, “He admired brilliance and excellence and never hid his passion for lofty ideas. He raised so many young men and women into politics one of whom is yours truly. He was a father to all and commanded respect from across the nation”.
Also, the Igbo Commu­nity in Edo state has de­scribed the former gover­nor of the state Dr Samuel Ogbemudia who died on Thursday night as a lead­er who stood for the op­pressed.
Mr Nnamdi Duru, the publicity secretary of Ndig­bo in the state, expressed shock over the sudden de­mise of the former Military administrator and former Governor of the old Bendel state saying his legacies re­mains visible.
Mr Duru said the elder statesman lived a live wor­thy of emulation by stand­ing for the victimized in the society.
He promised that the Igbo community will take part in the burial ceremo­ny when announced by the family as a mark of respect for him as a friend of the Igbo.
The Publicity Secretary of the People Democratic Party ( PDP) Mr Chris Nehikhare, described Og­bemudia as an icon with super idea that led to the development of the state and its people.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to his family as well as the good people of Edo and Delta States on his passing to the world be­yond”. He stated.
As a mark of honour for the departed elder states­man, the Edo state Gover­nor, Mr Godwin Obaseki declared a 7-days mourn­ing for the demise of the retired General who will be remembered for the strong foundation he laid to con­solidate the infrastructural, social and economic devel­opment of Edo and Delta states.
He said, “It is with sad­ness but glory to God Almighty that the Gov­ernment of Edo State an­nounces the death, in the early hours of today, of Brigadier General (rtd) Dr. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbe­mudia.
Also Obaseki who met with the Ogbemudia fam­ily on Saturday to pay con­dolence to the family as well as to discuss plans for the former governor’s state burial said the state would not hesitate to give the warlord a befitting burial.
The decision of the state government to bury the former governor was ac­cording to his wish to be buried immediately.
Meanwhile, the gover­nor advised the family to respect the wishes of the late Ogbemudia and urged them to begin preparations immediately.
He also informed the family that their father would be given a state buri­al, while hinting that Delta State has already indicated interest to participate.
The AUTHORITY gath­ered that Ogbemudia was military administrator from October 1968 to July 1975 and he was described as the pioneer of develop­ment in Edo and Delta states as former Civilian Governor.
He was born on 17 Sep­tember 1932 in Benin City, and attended the Benin Baptist School 1941 to 1945 before proceeding to Government School Victo­ria in Cameroon in 1945 to 1947.
In 1949 he obtained his secondary education from the Western Boy’s High School in Benin before joining the Nigerian Army in 1957 training at Teshie, Ghana and at Netheravon and Salisbury Plain in Eng­land.
After attending the ca­det school at Aldershot, England in 1960, he was commissioned as second lieutenant in 1961 and then attended the United States Army Special Welfare School at Fort Bragg South Carolina in 1962.
Ogbemudia was among the Soldiers who served with the United Nations Peacekeeping force in Congo for 16 months and served in Tanzanian in 1964 before he was then appointed as an instructor to the Nigerian Military School in Zaria in 1964.
In 1967 Ogbemudia was appointed Military admin­istrator of Mid-West state in September, following the war between the Nige­ria government and Biaf­ran forces which ended in 1970.
During a brief return to civil rule, Samuel Ogbemu­dia was elected governor of Bendel State in Oct 1983 as candidate for the National Party of Nigeria, replacing Ambrose Alli of the Unity Party of Nigeria.
He is known to have The Agbede Mechanized Farm, the Warrake farms, the Ru­ral Electrification Board, The Bendel Steel Struc­tures, the Bendel Brewery, Bendel Pharmaceuticals, Bendel Boatyard, Ben­del Library, Ethiope Pub­lishing Corporation, the University of Benin,The Institute of Continuing Education, NTA Benin, the Bendel Line, etc.

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