The four-day funeral actions for late industrialist, benefactor, enterprise guru, Defender of Christian Religion and philanthropist, late Excessive Chief Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs was delivered to a becoming and superb climax on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at his residence city, Abonnema, headquarters of Akuku Toru native authorities space of Rivers State.
The array of personalities on the funeral ceremony carried out by eminent males of God throughout varied denominations underlined the grace and blessings God showered on the deceased, who represented many issues to totally different individuals internationally.
As early as eight am, friends from throughout Nigeria had been already arriving Abonnema, in a signpost what was to return, as the traditional York Metropolis, popularly referred to by indigenes, witnessed certainly one of its largest gathering in latest historical past.
All the metropolis was agog to have a good time certainly one of its most illustrious sons, who introduced honour, dignity, reverence, color and recognition to the individuals.
The procession from the Oruwari Briggs Home to the venue for funeral service was nothing quick of a complete neighborhood exhibiting love and admiration for certainly one of its personal, as virtually each compound confirmed solidarity with varied flags representing households and generations.
In his homily on the funeral service, the Particular Assistant (Particular Duties) to the Normal Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and Supervising Pastor for Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River and Akwa Ibom States, Pastor Belemina Obunge spoke of the necessity to set priorities in life and for such function to be fulfilled.
In response to him, there’s the necessity to dwell a lifetime of worth and significance, stating that “with out understanding function in life, abuse was imminent,” particularly as we now have to provide an account of lives to our creator.
Quoting scriptures from John 4:13-14 and Ephesians 2:10, Obunge, who can also be the RCCG’s Worldwide Youth Pastor, spoke of the importance to create a optimistic affect whereas alive, including that such legacies should be one thing unforgettable.
He tasked these current depart behind optimistic legacies just like the late O.B Lulu-Briggs, stressing that “we should encourage others and have a function to be like Christ.”
Bishop Emeritus of the Niger Delta Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt Rev Gabriel Pepple prayed for the household left behind by their patriarch.
In her tribute to the deceased, spouse of Nigeria’s President, Hajia Aisha Buhari praised the philanthropic gestures of late O.B Lulu-Briggs, who she mentioned was fairly near the primary household.
Hajia Buhari, represented spouse of Minister of State (Petroleum), Mrs. Alayingi Timpre-Sylva, tasked the household to take solace in the truth that they had been able to preserving the flag flying and prayed God to bless and provides the household peace.
Nigeria’s former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan went down reminiscence lane, recalling how he got here in touch with the late Lulu-Briggs, stating that it was unhappy shedding him.
He harassed that the deceased, who was a father to all, touched lives in so some ways, simply as he prayed for Dumo Lulu-Briggs and his siblings to have the ability to match into the legacies their father left behind.
Humbled by the outpour of the present of affection from dignitaries throughout all divides, the chief mourner, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs expressed deep gratitude and promised to do all inside their powers to maintain their father’s legacies.
In response to him, “And he’ll at all times say to you, that to thyself you will need to at all times be true and as day follows evening, that which will probably be will probably be. He taught me that love isn’t an alternate. So that you don’t love since you anticipate to be cherished in return; that love was an act of religion, that you just simply do it as a result of it’s important 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 isn’t 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, former President Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Nyesom Wike, Mrs. Aisha Buahri, Ministers, males of God, conventional rulers, buddies of my father, and all those that have spoken very glowingly of my father.”
Dignitaries that attended the event embody Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and his Deputy, Dr. Ipalibo Banigo; former Cross Rivers State Governor, Donald Duke; former Rivers State Governor, Sir Celestine Omehia; Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi (represented by Dr Dawari George), Ministers of State (Petroleum), Timipre Sylva and his Mines and Metal counterpart, Dr. Uche Ogah; Secretary to Rivers State Authorities, Dr. Tammy Danagogo and former Managing Administrators of the Niger Delta Improvement Fee (NDDC), Timi Alaible, Joi Nunieh, Bassey Henshaw.
Others embody the Chairman of Rivers State Council of Conventional Rulers and Amayanabo of Opobo, HRM, King Dandeson Jaja; Chairman of Cross River State Conventional Rulers Council, Dr. Edet Okon Etim; Managing Administrators of Heritage Financial institution, Ifie Sekibo and his Entry Financial institution counterpart, Herbert Wiggwe; Amayanabo of Abonnema, King Disrael Bobmanuel; Ambassador of Nigeria to Jamaica, Ambassador Maureen Tamuno; spouse of former Bayelsa State Governor, Mrs. Margret Alamieyeseigha; speedy previous Director-Normal of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Company (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, amongst others.
Abonnema Stood Nonetheless For Late Excessive Chief O.B Lulu-Briggs As Mortal Stays Arrived
The mortal stays of late Excessive Chief Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs, OON, DCF, DSSRS, the Iniikeiroari V of Kalabari Kingdom and Paramount Head of Oruwari Briggs Home of Abonnema had on Friday, March 12, 2021, arrived in Port Harcourt.
The Head of Younger Briggs Home and Chief Mourner, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, joined by different members of the family, had been readily available to obtain the mortal stays of the late philanthropist, politician, benefactor, industrialist, and oil mogul on the Port Harcourt Worldwide Airport, Omagwa.
The convoy later moved to Buguma, headquarters of Asari Toru native authorities space for a short stopover earlier than transporting the mortal stays through the ocean to Abonnema, headquarters of Akuku Toru native authorities space amidst boat regatta from totally different homes and teams.
The ambiance in Abonnema turned charged when the chiefs and others sighted the boat conveying the corpse from Buguma.
It was certainly a wonderful ceremony because the individuals and invited friends struggled to catch a glimpse of the mortal stays of certainly one of their most illustrious sons, coming residence after over two years of his demise.
It was apparent that the traditional metropolis had not seen such a sea of heads in latest historical past as in every single place was virtually on lockdown.
Completely different teams, female and male, youth, and the aged carried out in lots of areas, signaling that they had been united in paying their final respect to such a swish soul.
The journey of taking the mortal stays of late Excessive Chief O.B Lulu-Briggs to the household’s compound expectedly took a very long time as the entire city lined up alongside the streets to witness and be a part of the historical past that was being created.
The Oruwari Briggs corridor and all of the highrise buildings shone brightly with freshly painted coatings within the glowering rays of soppy night sunshine and as Opu-da’s procession hearse entered via the gates booming cannon photographs exploded with a powerful satisfaction to herald the arrival of the nice man.
A magnificently constructed stage hosted the mass choir for the Christian wake preserving which featured a full church service, the 200-man choir, and different harmonious teams from the neighborhood. Tearful Tributes got by the Employees of Monipolo and from the Youngsters to spherical off the Christian wake.
After which the dwell bands took over with the ever present good outdated time MC Sagastus, and a number of other entertainers of yore who reigned in well-known hangouts and nightclubs.
They included Sir Perry of the Ozigizaga fame; Rastaman Bob Kelly, the reggae grasp who rolled out Bob Marley tunes together with the well-known ‘One Love”; Baba Tony Gray who despatched the viewers down reminiscence lane as he thrilled along with his konga and rendered some well-known Rex Lawson tunes; Chief Elenwa of the Backyard Metropolis Band; Optimistic Man and Captain Hart, who belted out a number of outdated Ghana classics made fashionable by JB Danquah and Henshaw, amongst others.