One of the members of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Evang. Caroline Nagbo, has bemoaned the untimely death of the 49-year-old son of the Chairman of Supreme Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers, King Godwin Gininwa.
She described the death as a huge loss while praising the former Chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers for his steadfastness in carrying out his duties as a peaceful Monarch.
Mrs Caroline made this known during her visit to the monarch’s palace at Krokro-Tai in the Tai Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State.
Mrs Caroline, who also hailed from the Ogoni community, noted that the NDDC’s Acting Managing Director, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, and other members of the IMC of the Federal Government’s interventionist agency were left in dismay over the death of the young man.
Her words in full:
“I am here on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, and Prof. Pondei, to condole with our father, who lost his son.
“We are very sorry for what happened, but we recognise the fact that it is God who has control over life and that it is only the Almighty that can comfort.
“Ogoni is at peace today, because of your (King Gininwa’s) non-partisanship and wisdom. We pray that the Almighty God will continue to strengthen you to remain our worthy father.
“You have been very consistent and dignified in your approach to matters. Your integrity is well known in Rivers State and beyond.
“You are truly a father of Ogoniland because you have seen the pains and turmoil of the people. You have seen us through the days of sorrow and disturbances and you have been there to usher us into the period of peace as a leader.”
The ageing monarch, in response to the condolences, thanked President Buhari, Senator Akpabio, the acting managing director of NDDC and other members of IMC for being good friends of the Ogoni people and responding with their presence in times of despair.