Opposite to what many insinuate, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs says the household left behind by their late patriarch and nationalist, Excessive Chief Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs stays one and won’t permit what transpired prior to now outline them.
Dumo Lulu-Briggs acknowledged this Wednesday on the Service of Songs/Tributes Nite held on the EUI Centre Monaco, off Sani Abacha Street, Port Harcourt held in honour of the late industrialist and enterprise mogul.
The occasion drew outstanding Nigerians, who all spoke glowingly of the deceased, broadly considered a philanthropist par excellence and benefactor to generations.
Amongst these on the service of songs embrace former Governor of Rivers State, Sir (Dr) Peter Odili; former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Growth Fee (NDDC), Mr. Timi Alaibe; former Lawyer Common and Minister for Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN; Senator Magnus Abe, former Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA) President, Onueze Okocha; Managing Director of Heritage Financial institution, Ifie Sekibo; Dr. Etim Okon, Chairman of Cross River State Council of Conventional Rulers, HRM Eze Leslie Eke, Eze Gbakagbaka of Evo kingdom; Damian Dodo, SAN; King Joshua Igbaguru, the pioneer chairman of Bayelsa State Conventional Rulers Council; clergy, amongst others.
Dumo Lulu-Briggs, who can be the Head, Younger Briggs Home of Abonnema in Akuku Toru Native Authorities Space of Rivers State doused all doubts as as to if the deceased household would stay united.
In accordance with him, “My youthful sister Rachel is right here and he or she spoke very glowingly and we want to say that we’re a household. We’re a household, all of us. We need to be a household with everyone, our stepmother, with all. There’s nothing that has occurred that we will permit to outline us. The lifetime of our father have to be the one mirror by which we see the world. He was a really forgiving particular person, he was a really loving particular person, and so we forgive all ourselves and all of us.
“We pray, the clergy pray with us that we preserve the flag flying and we don’t bury the Lulu-Briggs household with our dearly departed father. So we should come collectively. And on that notice, we are saying thanks, thanks, and thanks once more. God bless us.”
It was a night of solemn tunes, reward and worship, tributes and testaments in honour of a terrific man who rose by the challenges of life to develop into a hit in nearly all the pieces his arms touched.
The irrepressible and effervescent Mercy Chinwo took reward worship to a brand new top as she sonorously held the viewers spellbound in a blaze of glory and becoming for such a platform that sought to honour a person who God used to bless humanity.
Of specific brilliance was Oma Pitch, Lemuel Iyalla, Sodienye O’mailey, and Ibifuro Olungwe who gave excellent solo performances that literarily transcended everyone current to the heavens in what could also be a glimpse of how angels reward God almighty every day.
Dateme Lulu-Briggs took the primary lesson from Revelation 21:1-17, whereas one of many granddaughters, Miss Melody Lulu-Briggs took the second scripture from Ist Corinthians 15:20-26.
Then the tributes started to pour in. It was certainly a most superb night, with every speaker giving an perception into the O.B Lulu-Briggs many by no means knew or know too properly.
E.S Amachree set the ball rolling when he declared that the historical past of Nigeria won’t ever be full with devoting some pages to the late O.B Lulu-Briggs, pointing that the departed enterprise guru fought for an equal nation.
He recalled how the deceased travelled throughout Nigeria demanding that every area be accorded respect, along with being a thorn within the flesh of army administrations.
In accordance with him, as a approach of combating his trigger, he based Southern Management Discussion board and Japanese Mandate Union; two automobiles by which he espoused his concepts and the necessity to have a united nation constructed on belief and fairness.
Rachael Lulu-Briggs, who gave the tribute on behalf of the household stated they popularly referred to as the late Excessive Chief O.B Briggs “The Final Don,” and was a loving father who touched the lives of everyone who got here throughout him.
In accordance with her, “God tremendously blessed our father and collectively together with his spouse, they elevated philanthropy to a basis that reached out to folks from all walks of life.”
Magnus Abe described the late Excessive Chief OB Lulu-Briggs as a pillar on this neighborhood, amongst different nice attributes and a number one instance of what greatness can imply, whilst he urged these gathered to not weep over him as a result of he was a superb man, who lived a superb life.
“For these of you that by no means knew Excessive Chief O.B. Lulu-Briggs throughout his younger days that now see Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs, you’ll assume that Excessive Chief O.B. Lulu-Briggs continues to be alive. As a result of Dumo is a carbon copy of his father in his philanthropic nature and all that we’re celebrating of the daddy as we speak. Excessive Chief O.B. Lulu-Briggs continues to be alive right here with us,” he acknowledged.
OCJ Okocha celebrated the unparalleled philanthropy and humanitarian outreaches of Excessive Chief OB Lulu-Briggs, which touched many lives and impacted the indigent, the widows, and fewer privileged, simply as Ifie Sekibo, the MD/CEO of Heritage Financial institution, who stated that Excessive Chief OB Lulu-Briggs picked him up from scratch to work for him and went down reminiscence lane on to elucidate how he mentored him and Dumo from virtually being greenhorns with no expertise in enterprise, to develop into the seasoned company titans, they metamorphosed into through the years.
In his sermon premised on Psalm 39:four titled “Lord, make me know my finish, And what’s the measure of my days, That I could understand how frail I’m,” the officiating minister and President, Christian Council of Nigeria, Most Reverend Dr. Benebo Fubara-Manuel, harped on the necessity to good always and never permit challenges of life to harden our hearty to doing good.
Fubara-Manuel, who can be the Vice President, Fellowship of Christian Councils and Church buildings in West Africa, notably emphasised that “our goodness and type coronary heart shouldn’t be left for tomorrow,” as the times are measured.
He praised the late O.B Lulu-Briggs for his philanthropy and kind-heartedness, stating that he used his sources to have an effect on humanity in so many constructive methods.
Responding to the immeasurable variety of encomiums showered on his late father, the chief mourner and Head of Younger Briggs Home of Abonnema, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs recalled how early misfortune and household tragedies truncated his father’s dream of formal training which lasted solely 4 years, after which he took life by the scruff of the neck and wrestled himself to greatness.
In accordance with him, “He grew as much as develop into the person that he was and it gladdens our hearts to know that when affluence got here, he embraced the world with the heat of that affluence, and he gave like giving was getting out of trend.
“And he’ll all the time say to you, that to thyself you should all the time be true and as day follows evening, that which will likely be will likely be. He taught me that love will not be an alternate. So that you don’t love since you count on to be beloved in return; that love was an act of religion, that you simply simply do it as a result of you need to do it anticipating nothing in return and also you’re doing it since you consider in God.
“And from his story, it is extremely clear that your background will not be the explanation your again is on the bottom. You can get shifting. So on behalf of the Lulu-Briggs household, I thank all of us who’re nonetheless right here; conventional rulers who’ve come from Bakassi in Cross Rivers State, pals of my father who had come from Plateau State, the previous Governor who got here right here and all those that spoke very glowingly of my father.
“One in every of my lecturers, I’ve super respect for him, OCJ Okocha was right here, my good friend Magnus Abe was right here and naturally we had all of the fantastic singing from the choir, the orchestra, from Oma Pitch, who introduced the Angels down and I believe we really are blessed. I can’t thanks all sufficient; none of us will ever thanks sufficient. However I’ll nonetheless say thanks so a lot on behalf of the Lulu-Briggs household.”