Okowa, Uduaghan, Ibori, Others In Attendance As Chief Jemide, Is Buried.
Chief Isaac Jemide, a notable Itsekiri chieftain and former Delta State commissioner in the defunct Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC), has been buried.
Chief Jemide, a prominent lawyer and recipient of the coveted Papal Knight honor, died in Warri, Delta State, on December 12, 2021, at the age of 88.
At a church ceremony conducted in his honor on Friday, dignitaries from throughout the country paid their respects to the late Itsekiri statesman.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, former governors James Ibori and Emmanuel Uduaghan, Deputy Governor of Delta, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro, and former Minister of Information, Professor Sam Oyovbaire, were among the dignitaries who attended the funeral service at St. Cyprian Catholic Church in Effurun, near Warri.
Governor Okowa, speaking during the burial, praised the dead as a bold guy who always spoke truth to power.
According to the governor, the late Jemide was a model of integrity, dedication, and leadership who contributed to the development of his Itsekiri people, Deltans, and Nigerians in general.
As a result, he urged Nigerians to emulate the late octogenarian’s values of humility, honesty, dedication, and integrity in the performance of their jobs.
“He was a man I didn’t meet so frequently. But the few times I met him, I truly fell in love with him because he was a man of strength on the inside.
“Though very humble, he was a man that was very courageous and spoke truth to power at all times. And those are the kind of people that can shape a nation and a community.
“A song writer said ‘when we are gone, we would only be remembered by the things we have done and I do know that he has impacted very strongly on our society, the Itsekiri nation and Delta state as a whole, because he was truly a leader.
“In the church, he played his role and rose to become a Papal Knight. Not so many people get to that level and I know that he was a very strong voice for the Itsekiri nation that we must continue to appreciate”, Governor Okowa noted.
Rev. Fr. Peter Medugu had earlier in his homily advised Christians not to be scared of death if they live well, as death is a portal to eternal.
Man should learn to live well and regard life as a preparation for eternity, according to the clergyman.
The priest remarked that man may do anything with humility while characterizing the late Jemide as a remarkable community leader and an ideal of humility.