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Tinubu mourns, condoles with families of late Cairo Ojougboh and Adagba of Asaba, HRM Obi (Prof.) Edozien

Late HRM Prof. Obi Joseph Chike Edozien, the Asagba of Asaba, in Delta State

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu mourns and sends condolence messages to families of late Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, ex-NDDC Director, and HRM Prof. Obi Joseph Chike Edozien, the Asagba of Asaba, in Delta State

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has expressed condolences to the family of Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, a former Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

ConsumerConnect reports late Dr. Ojougboh, reportedly slumped and died Wednesday, February 8, 2024, in his office in Abuja, FCT, while watching the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-final match between Nigeria and South Africa.

Late Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, ex-NDDC Director

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement issued Thursday, February 8, 2024, noted Tinubu while praying for the peaceful repose of the departed, also comforted his family.

The Nigerian leader urged them to find strength and hope in God Almighty, who presides over the affairs of men, as well as in the cherished memories and legacy of the late chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Ojougboh was a member of the House of Representatives (2003-2007), and leader of the party in Delta State of Nigeria.

Likewise, former Vice-President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on his verified official Facebook page, Thursday, mourned Ojougboh and stated that his departure is a personal loss to him.

“The sudden passing of my close friend, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, deeply saddens me.

“His love for our country was profound. Cairo was a shining example of patriotism; his dedication to Nigeria was unwavering, and his departure is a personal loss that leaves a void in my heart.

“As we mourn, let us remember the passion and zeal for Nigeria that defined his life. May his soul rest in perfect peace,” Atiku said in the blogpost.

Nigerian President mourns late Asagba of Asaba, Obi Prof. Edozien

In a related development, the Asagba of Asaba, His Royal Majesty (HRM), Obi Joseph Chike Edozien, is dead.

Late Asagba, born July 28, 1925, died a few months to his 99th Birthday Anniversary.

In his message, President Tinubu condoled with his family and the people of the state for the painful loss.

Ngelale, Presidential media aide, in a statement issued Thursday, also noted Tinubu “celebrates the impactful life of the late monarch and eminent Professor of Medicine, acknowledging his advocacy for peaceful co-existence among Nigerians and inimitable role in forging partnerships across divides.”

The President stated: “His Majesty lived a full life defined by the loftiest ideals of peace, unity, patriotism, honesty, and dignity.

“This is a sad loss, coming at a time when Nigeria needs more peace-builders and bridge-builders.”

Praying for the peaceful repose of the beloved departed, Tinubu urged the Royal Family and all those who mourn this gaping loss to take solace in the legacies of His Royal Majesty.

Prof. Edozien began his University education in 1944, after he had secured an admission into the University College of Dublin, in Ireland.

He successfully completed his B.Sc Degree with honours in Physiology from the National University of Ireland, in 1948, with further success on M.Sc in Physiology in 1950, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Chemotherapy (MBBCh) in 1954.

Late Asagba also bagged several academic awards in the process to justify his satisfactory performance.

The late monarch was a Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina, in the United States (US), Professor of Nutrition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, and Professor of Nutrition, of the School of Public Health of the University of North Carolina.

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