Ortom eulogises Abenga, mourns Ajimobi, congratulates Obaseki on PDP ticket
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has said that the late Ter Makurdi, Chief Joseph Sule Abenga, would always be remembered for his passion for peace and love of humanity.
Governor Ortom spoke today at St. Theresa’s Catholic Parish, High Level, Makurdi during a funeral oration in honour of the deceased second class traditional ruler.
He stated that the late Sule Abenga loved and practiced Christianity to the fullest despite his traditional engagements, stressing that he could leave his sick bed to mourn or rejoice with his contemporaries.
The Governor while urging people of the state and Christians in general to prepare for eternity while alife, said earthy life was a vanity which does not lead one anywhere.
Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse, represented by Tor Jemgbagh, Chief Afatyo Ajoko and Tor Lobi, Chief Moses Anagende, in separate funeral orations, eulogised the late Ter Makurdi for his ingenuity in tackling challenges that confronted the Tiv nation, saying he would greatly be missed.
Bishop of Makurdi Catholic Diocese, Most Reverend Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe in a requiem mass, lamented the quick succession in which traditional rulers especially of Tiv extraction were dying in the state and prayed for God’s intervention.
He said the deceased was an embodiment of truth, honesty and humility, even as he described death as a mystery which verdict is irreversible, pointing out that death is blind and deaf.
The late traditional ruler reigned from August 2005 until he passed away on June 7th, 2020.
All the speakers prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and his family the fortitude to bear the loss.
In a related development, Governor Ortom in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase, has said that the death of former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi is a painful loss to the entire country.
The Governor described Senator Ajimobi as an astute politician and seasoned administrator who made numerous contributions to the growth of Oyo State and the nation while serving as Governor and previously as Senator representing Oyo South.
In the statement, Governor Ortom sent heart-felt condolences to the Government and people of Oyo State, the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Ajimobi family in particular over the irreparable loss.
He also prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest.
Meanwhile, the governor has congratulated his Edo state counterpart, Godwin Obaseki, for emerging as the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the September governorship election.
Governor Ortom in another press statement signed by Mr. Terver Akase said Obaseki’s victory in the peaceful and transparent primaries affirms the internal democracy within PDP and the party’s capacity to provide greater development for Edo people under the present administration.
He expressed optimism that Governor Obaseki will maximize the goodwill and confidence Edo people have in him and continue to selflessly serve them in the next four years, when re-elected.
He also called on the people of Edo to sustain their support for Governor Obaseki to enable him to succeed.