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Published on September 17, 2012 by   ·   4 Comments

JETHRO IBILEKE, Benin

Former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon and prominent Nigerians, including State governors on Monday paid glowing eulogies to Dr. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia who clocked 80 years Monday.

General Gowon who was Chairman of the well-attended birthday party held in honour of the two-time governor of defunct Bendel State, paid tribute to Ogbemudia as he recalled his exploits during the Nigerian civil war.

“I always like to remember Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia as a versatile and resourceful officer and gentleman. He was a living witness to coups and counter-coups in Nigeria and was much vilified.

“During the Nigerian civil war, he once more displayed bravery and resourcefulness. When the Mid-West was invaded by rebel forces, he managed to escape, went into hiding and sent a note to me, as Head of State, through one of his relations.

Gowon whose speech was read on his behalf by Chief John Oyegun, former governor of Edo State, said Ogbemudia’s mastery of the military strategy was at play when he joined forces with the Second Division of the Nigerian Army, led by then Colonel Murtala Mohammed to rout the rebels from the Mid-West.

The former Head of State described Ogbemudia as one of the action governors of his administration, adding that he did his best and got his people emotionally committed to keep Nigeria one.

“He was and remains a true man of the people, and he was a man who served (and still serves) with total dedication,” Gowon said.

He listed the numerous achievements of Ogbemudia as governor of Bendel State, to included the great University of Benin, Bendel Line, Agbede Mechanized Farm and Bendel Steel Structure, adding that “his record of service in the Mid-West\Bendel state is perhaps only now being matched by the government of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.”

In his remark, Chief Host of the birthday party, Governor Adams Oshiomhole who said he declined President Goodluck Jonathan’s invitation to the National Awards in Abuja in honour of Ogbemudia, thanked God for using Ogbemudia “to build a solid foundation for Edo and Delta States from the then Bendel State,” adding that every Bendelite has always been proud of the octogenarian.

“Every part of the then Bendel State including my own village that is not on the map felt the impact of your government. All of us Edolites have every reason to be very proud of you,” Oshiomhole said.

Governors of Osun, Katsina, Delta and Bayelsa States were represented at the birthday ceremony at which Ogbemudia Foundation for Diabetes was launched.

President Goodluck Jonathan in his message congratulated Ogbemudia for clocking 80 years.

In the letter conveying his birthday greetings, President Jonathan praised Ogbemudia’s “enduring patriotism, courage, productive leadership and uncommon administrative acumen”.

“Decades after you left active office, your astounding achievements as Governor and Federal Minister continue to be acknowledged with reverence and nostalgia. It is a testimony to your abiding faith in Nigeria that you continue to willingly give of yourself in the service of our Fatherland, and avail the younger generation of your wise counsel,” the President wrote.

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4 Comments for “Gowon, Jonathan, others praise Ogbemudia at 80”

  1. klm

    happy birthday baba!! may God give you good health to give a fatherly advice to we the people of edo state to move the state forward.CONGRATULATIONS SIR!!!! OBA-GHA-TO-KPERE!!! ISE

  2. elijah

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A GREAT NIGERIAN

  3. ADEYEMI TOBIAS NDUDI

    COMPARE AND CONTRAST

    ANNENIH versus OGBEMUDIA

  4. ABDOUL

    Adeyemi why are u comparing GODLY with UNGODLY, this is a bad taste and comparism, why not try ANNENIH VERSUS ANINI a perfect match and the only same set of twins from different mothers from same state,these are most perfect set of twins with same mission, it is only that both have different approach to achieve their goals, while ANNENIH is using the available resource of THE POWER DESPERATE PARTY to achieve his goal the other is using THE POWER OF HOT IRON to achuieve his goal,
    GOD ANNENIH has committed more than enough atrocities in the land of HONEY and MILK , pls take away his misery life so that we can celebrate the reduction of one HEARTLESS man among US.

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