Obaseki, Obasanjo, Shaibu, others grace dedication of St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, Okada

Obaseki, Obasanjo, Shaibu, others grace dedication of St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, Okada

In a well attended Dedication Mass for the newly built Saint Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church in Okada, had the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon Comrade Philip Shaibu and wife, former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo, His Eminence, Cardinal John Onaiyekan and 25 other Bishops, Chief Judge of Edo State, Joe Archer and wife, Palace Chiefs representing the Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, and other dignitaries in attendance.

The Parish built by the Esama of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sir (Dr.) Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion to commemorate his 88th birthday, has been named after him and dedicated by the Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Benin City, His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Augustine Obiora Akubeze.

The dedication ceremony was well attended by the top government officials, Ambassadors, Foreigners Nollywood Actors and Actresses, Priests, Religious and the Catholic leadership in Nigeria.

In his remarks, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki said, Government has a responsibility to support people like the Esama of the Benin Kingdom in bringing development to the people.

“As you know, the role of government is to enable things to happen in our society. So when you find a person like Chief Igbinedion, who over the last 40 years decided to bring development to this axis of our state, I believe that it is our responsibility to support and enable what he’s doing.

“I know chief’s dream is to have a diocese in Okada, but that may not be possible as we do not build the necessary infrastructure to bring the traffic to this part of our state.

“As part of celebrating you, I’m going to immediately instruct our town planning team to come here and complete the Masterplan for Okada and its environs. I assure you that in next year’s budget, we will be completing the dualisation of the road from Okada to the junction,” Obaseki said.

Delivery his homily, the Archbishop of Benin Metropolitant See, Most Rev. (Dr) Augustine Akubeze extolled the generosity of the Esama, while admonishiy his children and particularly, H.E Lucky Nosakhare Igbinedion to emulate his father kind gesture.

“In the history of the Benin Kingdom, it is difficult to find a man whose charity has reached as many people like Esama of Benin Kingdom, the Catholic Church in Benin City and all over Nigeria.

“It is also important to point out the need for the children of Esama to draw and tap from the wisdom and disposition of the Esama. To the children of the great Esama, your father has bequeathed to you a legacy of generousity, a legacy of passion for the work of God and transformation of society. You must not allow this to end with your father’s earthly life,” Bishop Akubeze added.

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