–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Michael EKOKORUWE:
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Bashorun Dr. Askia Ogieh; the Majority Leader Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Tim Owhefere; the Director General Warri/Uwie Development Agency, Comrade Ovuozourie Macaulay and other political leaders of Isoko extraction, have commiserated with HRM Othuke Murphy Urugbezi, Ogwara 1, the Ovie of Ellu kingdom Over the demise of Queen Fatimatu Urugbezi at Ellu, Isoko North local government area of Delta State.
Speaking to journalists at the palace of the Ovie of Ellu kingdom, the political leaders described the loss of Queen Fatimatu Urugbezi as painful and sudden, noting that she was caring and generous to many people. They prayed God for the repose of her soul and consoled the monarch and immediate family over the irreparable loss. Saying, “Words are not enough to describe the life she lived”.
Also speaking was the commissioner of DESOPADEC representing Isoko ethnic nationality, Barr. Dr. Paul Owhe, Commissioner for Transport Delta State, Hon. Ovie Oghoore, Chairman Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Isoko North, Prince Godwin Ogorugba and the President General Isoko Development Union (IDU), High Chief Iduh Amadhe. They said, Queen Fatimatu lived a life worthy of emulation even as no one has power to control death, adding that her death is great loss to the monarch, Ellu kingdom and Isoko nation.
While commiserating with the monarch and the family of Queen Fatimatu Urugbezi, Mrs. Cynthia Abbott described the death as painful because “she was nice to everybody and a good mother”. Cynthia eulogized HRM Murphy Urugbezi Ogwara 1, the ovie of Ellu kingdom as “a man of the people that does not discriminate”. She prayed God to grant the monarch the fortitude to bear the loss.
Chief Stephen Okoh, the Okugbe of Ellu kingdom and Princess Christy Ichofu, one time staff of Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS) Warri, also described Queen Fatimatu as a laughing mother with no dull moment, “a mother that embraces all and never reacts with anger, humble and tolerant. I miss her and may her soul rest in peace”, she said.
The son to Queen Fatimatu Urugbezi and Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor Okowa on youth matters, Chief Ufuoma Urugbezi commended friends and sympathizers that attended the burial and said, “we are here for the purpose of burial, but it has changed because I have friends that love and all around me”. Adding that the death of his mother is acceptable just as everyone will die someday.
In attendance was the Ellu Council of Chiefs, Muslim community, Ellu families, Egweya of Ellu and Aradhe communities, Royal Majesties from various Isoko communities and Hon. Emmanuel Okoro, former Speaker Delta State House of Assembly among others.