April 20, 2024 5:21 am





Governor of Cross River and Prominent Figures Gather to Bid Farewell to Senator Odey’s Remarkable 102-Year-Old Father

The Cross River State Governor, Bassey Otu, has commiserated with Senator Stephen Odey and his family who held the funeral of their 102-year-old patriarch, Pa Michael Odey Mboh, in Alifokpa Yache, Yala Local Government Area.

The Cross River State Governor, Bassey Otu, has expressed his condolences to Senator Stephen Odey and his family as they laid their beloved patriarch, Pa Michael Odey Mboh, to rest. The funeral took place in Alifokpa Yache, Yala Local Government Area, and was attended by a large number of people from the political class, traditional rulers, and friends of the senator, both locally and from outside the state.

In his condolence message to the family, Otu, describing the deceased as a good man, noted that the people he touched with his generosity would greatly miss him, maintaining that his commitment to the growth and development of his community remains indelible.

Governor Otu sent his condolences to the Odey family and spoke highly of the deceased, describing him as a good man. He acknowledged the impact Pa Michael Odey Mboh had on the lives of those he helped, stating that his commitment to the development of his community will never be forgotten.

On her part, the wife of the governor, Rev Eyoanwan Bassey-Otu, said Pa Odey would be remembered for his dedication, great sense of mission and dignity as Village Head which accorded him the status of a prominent peacemaker in the area.

Rev Eyoanwan Bassey-Otu, the wife of the governor, praised Pa Odey for his dedication, sense of mission, and dignity as the Village Head, which earned him the reputation of being a respected peacemaker in the community.

The Deputy Governor, Peter Odey, noted that the late patriarch’s longevity was truly a call for celebration, as his 102 years on earth was a reflection of God’s endorsement in line with Proverbs 16:31: “Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life”.

Deputy Governor Peter Odey celebrated the late patriarch’s remarkable longevity, stating that reaching the age of 102 is a reason for joyous celebration. He believed it was a sign of God’s approval, citing Proverbs 16:31, which emphasizes the honor and wisdom that comes with old age.

In a similar vein, the immediate past governor of the state, Prof. Ben Ayade, urged the family to be consoled by the values of honesty and integrity their father left behind as a well-respected personality who preached peace and unity in his community.

Former Governor Prof. Ben Ayade encouraged the family to find solace in the values of honesty and integrity that their father embodied. He highlighted Pa Odey’s strong reputation as a respected figure who actively promoted peace and unity in his community.

A biography of the deceased, an excerpt of which was read by one of the family members, Daniel Ogbudu, described the late Pa Mboh as a jolly good fellow who could easily win people’s hearts and admiration with his lines of reasoning.

During the funeral service, a family member named Daniel Ogbudu read an excerpt from the biography of the late Pa Michael Odey Mboh. The biography portrayed him as a cheerful and charismatic individual who had a knack for captivating people with his logical thinking.

The late Pa Odey would reel out his thoughts in a soft, melodious and sonorous voice, the book added.

The biography further described how Pa Michael Odey Mboh would express his thoughts in a gentle, melodic, and soothing voice, leaving a lasting impression on those who listened to him.

He was laid to rest in his country home, Imana, Achuora Uche, Yache in Yala Local Government Area, after a carnival-like funeral and memorial service, conducted by Mater Ecclesiae Parish of the Catholic Church Alifokpa, Yache and moderated by Rev. Fr. Ogwu Denis Ejilekpang.

Pa Michael Odey Mboh was finally laid to rest in his hometown of Imana, Achuora Uche, Yache, in Yala Local Government Area. His funeral and memorial service were joyous and festive, resembling a carnival-like atmosphere. The service was conducted by the Mater Ecclesiae Parish of the Catholic Church in Alifokpa, Yache, and overseen by Rev. Fr. Ogwu Denis Ejilekpang.

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