The Rivers State Governor, Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike visited the residence of High Chief (Dr.) O. B. Lulu-Briggs to commensurate with his family over his demise.
High Chief (Dr.) Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs, OON, DCF, DSSRS, Iniikeiroari V of Kalabari Kingdom, Paramount Head of Oruwari Briggs House of Abonnema, renowned Nigerian elder statesman, politician, businessman and philanthropist, was born on May 22, 1930 in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State. He passed into glory in Accra, Ghana on December 27, 2018.
Governor Wike was received by the wife of the demised High Chief (Dr.) O. B. Lulu Briggs, Dr. (Mrs.) Seniye O. B. Lulu Briggs.
Speaking during the visit on Saturday in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said the demised High Chief made very quality contributions to the development of Rivers State.
Governor Wike also described Late High Chief (Dr.) O. B. Lulu-Briggs as a worthy philanthropist who used his wealth to bless the less privileged in the society.
“God gives and God takes. As we come, so we came, so we shall leave. What is important is the contributions that we make to the society.
“God blessed him and he didn’t use the blessing for himself alone. He used the blessing for the society.”, he said.
Governor Wike said during his quest to govern Rivers State in 2014/2015, he consulted Late High Chief O.B. Lulu Briggs who supported his development blueprint.
He said: “He was a man that helped the less privileged. Everyone attests to the fact that he was a giver.
“I have seen the scholarships that he awards to the people”.
The governor said that as a politician under the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN), High Chief O.B. Lulu Briggs was committed to ideals of development .
Governor Wike assured that the Rivers State Government will actively participate in the burial ceremony of the Late Elder Statesman.
He urged the family to work hard to maintain the legacy of Late High Chief O.B Lulu Briggs.
Responding on behalf of the family, daughter of Late High Chief O.B Lulu Briggs, Mrs Solate Ovunda Akarolo thanked Governor Wike for leading a high-profile delegation to condole with the family.
She said that the family still misses their patriarch. She said that the family will inform the State Government of the burial programme at the appropriate time
The Governor went with a heavy delegation comprising The Former Rivers State Deputy Governor , Engr. Tele Ikuru; Bro. Felix Obuah, The Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party in Rivers State; The former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara; The Former Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo; Former Minister of Transport, Dr. Abiye Sekibo; Senator Lee Meaba; Chief Sergeant Awuse; Senator Olaka Nwogu; Edo State PDP Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih and others.
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