Paa Ubani Egbedubi: Rep. Onuigbo, Abia Speaker, Ogah, Aguocha, Others Commiserate With Ubani (Watch Video)
*What I want to do for my people… Akobundu
*People do not understand Ubani isn’t politician… Usuwa
Friends and well-wishers of the
Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL), Barr. Monday Onyebuchi Ubani have thanked God Almighty for the well lived life of late Paa Ubani Egbedubi Nwokocha of Awomukwu Village, in Ikwuano LGA of Abia State.
The epoch making funeral
ceremony of late Paa Ubani who died a centenarian at a ripe age of 101, on Friday, April 22, had in attendance, dignitaries from ‘all walks of life’, as they unanimously applauded Barr. Ubani, the deceased’s only son for imbibing the good attributes of his late father.
In an exclusive interview with Famous Reporters, the member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia North and South Federal Constituency of Abia State lauded Ubani and his extended family on the passing and successful burial of his father, while urging him not to relent in following the footprints of his late father.
“So, this is a time for him to continue with those good virtues of his late dad, some of which the man has already planted in him and some of which he has demonstrated. So, we pray that God to give him the strength, good health and long life like his father to continue to contribute meaningfully to the well-being of the people.”
Meanwhile, the death and funeral ceremony of Paa Ubani served as a reconciliation point for the Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly, Hon. Chinedum Orji and the Ubani.
Speaking behind closed doors with Ubani, the Speaker among other things said:
“But, by coincidence or sheer chance, maybe the death of your father has brought us together. He lived for 101years which means that he died a natural death. There is nothing like a good death and my prayer is that you attain his age.”
Earlier, the Minister States and Mines, Hon. (Dr.) Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah advised that Ubani should not weep like one without hope but must take solace in God’s words.
“Ubani is brother and not just a friend and so the death of his father is like the death of my own father. So, we’re here to give our father a befitting burial. Yes Ubani is his direct son but we that are by the side are equally affected by what happened. So, anybody that’s consoling Ubani should also console us because we’re all connected.”
In addition, High Chief Obi Aguocha, the President-General of Ohuhu Welfare Union, in Umuahia North LGA of Abia State described the death of ones parent despite the age as being “emotionally painful”, as he prayed for God’s peace upon the bereaved.
“We’re here to celebrate with our brother over the death of his father who passed on to glory at age 101. It’s not a sad loss but a celebration of life. We pray that we all get to this age. However, the death of a parent is emotionally painful. We, therefore, pray God to rest his soul and comfort the grieving hearts of his family”.
Also, Col. Austin Akobundu (Rtd) in his condolence message, said:
“We thank God that his father died at a ripe age and we thank God also that he gave his father a befitting burial. And we pray that God Almighty will continue to grant the deceased repose in His bosom.”
PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND UBANI ISN’T POLITICIAN… Usuwa
Hon. Uche Dick Usuwa, the President-General of Awomnuzie, in Ikwuano LGA of Abia State described Paa Ubani as a “good man”, as he thanked God Almighty for blessing the deceased with long life, health and vitality.
Furthermore, he commended Barr. Ubani for adhering to the biddings of his late father, thus following his footprints, which has, according to him, earned him a good name.
“Dr. Ubani’s father, the man that died was an uncle to me. He was a very nice man who lived well. And we thank God that he died at a ripe age. He was a good man. I’m happy that the son, Dr. Barr. Monday Ubani is following the footprints of his father.”
Meanwhile, Hon. Usuwa used the medium to pointedly urge the general public to cease mistaking the Human rights Lawyer for a Politician, insisting that Ubani is not a Politician.
Describing Dr. Ubani, he said: “Dr. Ubani is my cousin; he’s one person that is well groomed. Anytime any day, Ubani will tell you his mind. At times, people will not understand that Dr. Ubani is not a politician.”
He admitted to Dr. Ubani’s readiness and willingness to speak in defense of the masses, inspite of all odds or whose “Ox is gored”.
“Ubani is always there to defend the masses. You can see what is happening around how; how everybody is rallying around him, that shows you who Ubani is. I am older than he but we all grew up together. My mom is from here. I stayed here when he was growing up. I know that right from the cradle, Ubani has been an intelligent child. He displayed it when he was still very little and he continued with it and thank God for what that has earned him today.
He described death at a ripe as a wonderful occurrence, but however, maintained that the death of an individual, irrespective of the age leaves a vacuum in every home.
Hear him: “101years is a wonderful one for anybody to go. But, be that as it may, whatever age at which one’s father dies, something has definitely gone out of that family. But, we thank God that he has taken position already before his father’s death. So, we’re grateful to God.”
Corroborating, Barr. Obinna Ubani, the first son of Dr. Ubani described the deceased as a “people’s person”, while praying for God to grant him uninterrupted eternal rest.
“Grandpa, I wish you well, I’m happy to have known you. You were a joyful man, there was never a time you were sad or angry. You were a people’s person. So, I hope you continue being a people’s person wherever you are and abide by the love of God wherever you are”, he prayed.
WHAT I WANT TO DO FOR MY PEOPLE… AKOBUNDU
Fielding questions from Journalists, Col. Akobundu admitted to being an aspirant of Abia Central Senatorial District in the forthcoming 2023 general election.
In his words: “Yes, I’m an aspirant of the Central Senatorial District; I can confirm that to you.
I’m vying because I can elevate quality representation, attract it and do all that is needed to do, to bring the dividends to our people.
“I was Minister of State for Defense and I worked in conjunction with the Federal Authorities and State Government to strengthen the security apparatus in the state. And by extension, to my Constituency”, he recalled.
On what Ikwuano and the entire Abia Central should expect from him should he win the Senatorial race, Akobundu insisted that a Legislator’s role ends only at lawmaking.
He said: “It’s all about quality legislation, understanding what is involved, working in line with Dynamics at play but of course, you know as a Legislator, your job is to make Laws. Because if you provide quality legislation, that means you will be working in conjunction with the Executive Arm, National and the state, knowing the needs of your people and using the platform of your Constituency arrangements up there to attract dividends of democracy to your people, as simple as that. A Legislator does not award contracts. You have to work in concert with the Executive Arm.”
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