The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Friday, joined his Lagos, Ogun and Kebbi State counterparts, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Dapo Abiodun and Abubakar Atiku Bagudu respectively, in paying glowing tributes to late business magnate, Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo, who died at the age of 62.
Governor Obaseki described late Captain Okunbo as a genius, bridge builder, business tycoon and philanthropist extraordinaire.
He noted that late Captain Idahosa Okunbo is “a man who was determined to surmount world challenges. He pushed himself to the limit to achieve greatness, building an impressive business empire and transforming the lives of numerous people, most of them of Edo origin.”
“Late Captain Okunbo was a trained pilot who mastered the air early in life and set for the land and the maritime sector, prevailing in all spheres. Captain Okunbo was an embodiment of hard work, perseverance, dexterity and acumen, which espoused his Edo heritage.”
Obaseki continued: “Captain Hosa was a philanthropist who gave lavishly of himself and his resources. He will be remembered for his dying love for Edo people. His desires for the development and progress of our dear State, the Niger-Delta region and Nigeria, as well as his valuable contributions to building bridges across the country, must never be forgotten.
“In building a diverse business empire that spans maritime, transportation, logistics, agriculture, hospitality, and security, he displayed rare business acumen, providing employment for thousands of Nigerians and contributing greatly to the development of the nation.”
In his sermon titled, ‘Life is a mystery’, Apostle Ekwueme Goodheart Obi noted, “We all that are alive are indebted to God as no one owns his or her life. Life is a gift as we would render stewardship one day on how we used the life given unto us all. Life is like a vapour; we have to be careful about life.”
The first daughter of late Captain Okunbo and wife of the Olu of Warri, Olori Atuwatse III in her eulogy, described her late father as a man with many parts and purposes.
She said, “My father was a great man. He lived in service to humanity. My father worked on purpose and in doing so, encouraged others to find their parts and purpose in life.”
L-R: Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; his Edo State counterpart, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, with the daughter of late Captain Idahosa Okunbo, Adesuwa Rhodes, during the funeral Service in honour of late Captain Hosa Okunbo, in Benin City, on Friday, October 8th, 2021.