May 20, 2024

Ex-Speaker Okiye Mourns Chief David Edebiri, Esogban of Benin Kingdom

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…describe him as a dedicated Benin Chief, a prolific write and renowned journalist

By Simeon OSAJIE

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A frontline Edo 2024 governorship aspirant and former Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Francis Abumere Okiye has described the death of Chief David Edebiri, the Esogban of Benin Kingdom, as a great loss to the great people of Benin Kingdom, Edo State in general and Nigeria at large.

Recall on Thursday 21st July, 2024 a family member said Chief David Edebiri, the Esogbaon of Benin Kingdom died at 12.20pm after a brief illness in a private hospital in Benin City, Edo State capital.

In a condolences message issued and signed by Rt. Hon. Francis Abumere Okiye and made available to newsmen said late David Edebiri was a dedicated Benin Kingdom Chief who was very passionate on preserving Edo’s rich cultural heritage.

Okiye who noted that Chief Edebiri has left an indelible mark in the Benin Kingdom, and Edo State at large was an exceptional leader, a prolific write and renowned journalist was a caring father not only to his biological children but also to those that came in contact with him.

“On behalf of myself and Rt. Hon. Francis Abumere Okiye Campaign Organizagtion, I humbly extend our sincerest condolences on the passing of Chief David Edebiri, the Esogban of Benin Kingdom.

“I extend our heartfelt condolences to the entire Royal Family, the people of Benin Kingdom and Edo State at large and all those who had the privilege of knowing and working with Chief David Edebiri. May the memories of his noble conducts and his legacy of generosity bring consolation and strength during this hard time.

“I called on every Edolites to come together to honor Chief David Edebiri memory and continue his mission of promoting unity and progress across the state,” the statement concluded.

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