Olorogun Michael Ibru dies at 85; Buhari, Saraki, others mourn

The patriarch of the Ibru dynasty and successful businessman, Olorogun Michael Ibru, died Tuesday at the age of 85, the family said.

In a statement by the family, it said  the Otota of Agbarha-Otor kingdom died at a medical facility in the United States of America in the early hours of Tuesday, September 6, 2016, following complications from a protracted illness.

The husband of former managing director of Oceanic Bank, Cecilia Ibru, died five weeks after his brother, Felix, who died in March this year, was buried.

The late Ibru was a successful business man and ran for the governorship of the defunct Bendel State in 1983, which he lost to Samuel Ogbemudia.

He attended the famous Igbobi College, Lagos between 1948 and 1951.

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday commiserated with the family. A statement by the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said Buhari equally condoled the government and people of Delta State and the Urhobos in particular on the passage of their illustrious son.

The statement said the president joined them in mourning “an accomplished businessman whose edifying role in the corporate world and private sector in Nigeria would continue to inspire generations to come.”

He urged the bereaved family and all those mourning Ibru to honour his memory by constantly upholding the values of selfless-service, inter-ethnic harmony, knowledge and perseverance, which he passionately promoted through his successful career in the private sector.

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Similarly, Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his predecessor, Senator David Mark, yesterday extolled the virtues of Michael Ibru. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the late Ibru as a colossus and trailblazer, who impacted humanity tremendously and positively.

Former Senate President, David Mark, in his condolence message, also described the death as a huge loss to the nation.

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