By Onitsha Shedrack
Barr. Marry Agbajoh, a former Special Assistant to the former governor of Delta State , Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, has stated that the governor of the state, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa failed to assist late Olorogun Felix Ibru while in hospital in London and further humiliated him in death by giving him a poor burial.
Agbajoh in a telephone interview berated Okowa for failing to render any financial assistant to Olorogun Ibru, even when appeal were repeatedly made to him by those close to Ibru about the financial challenge he was facing in UK.
According to her all efforts to see Governor Okowa failed and his Executive Secretary Mr Hilary Obi Ibegbulem failed to respond to earlier promised to see Okowa and get back to Olorogun aide in UK also failed as he never responded thereafter.
In a text message she forwarded to one of our correspondents which was allegedly sent on April 1st, 2016, hereby reproduced: “Dear Hilary, I know you are very busy… As discussed, I just finished speaking to Olorogun Felix Ibru PA in London and he said things are very bad and Olorogun is dying silently. As regards the medicals they spend over 30m each trip. Pls any help from Delta state government will go along way (than state Burial) God bless you; Barr. MoAgbajoh, 01-04-2016”.
While picking holes in the manner the burial of the first former civilian governor was conduct, Agbajoh query the organizers choice of casket used to bury Ibru; “ Olorogun Ibru is noted for white, if they could not honour him by buying white casket, at least they would have gotten sliver colour, or gold because he worth it.
“To further humiliate him in death, they bought a brown coffin that does not worth one million and they are claiming that they bought it for N 5million naira, can you just image how heartless people can be, that coffin they brought does it worth a million naira.
She stated further that governor Okowa in his vindictiveness choose to name a state secretariat building after Olorogun Felix Ibru; “is Olorogun Ibru a Permanent Secretary or Head of Civil Service that a secretariat be named after?”
Why not named Asaba or Osubi airport after him if Okowa was sincere about immortalizing Olorogun Ibru, who else deserves it more than Ibru,” she asked?
In another SMS sent to the governor made available to the ADVOCATE Agbajoh decried the poor treatment melted to the late Ibru: “Your Excellency! Hope this meets you well. Why the choice of state secretariat named after Olorogun? What happened to the Airports at Asaba or Osubi which was formerly Warri Airport, the Ibru’s Aero pioneered? Please who else is best fit to be named after an Airport that the first civilian governor or is it you after you die?
“You have been so unfair to Olorogun, even while in the hospital and in death. If you had responded to him, Olorogun wouldn’t have died. God is watching you,” she added.
Repeated calls to the governor’s Executive Secretary Mr Ibegbulem mobile phone were not answered and text message sent to his phone was not replied as of the time of filing this report.