His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, on behalf of the entire government and citizens of Kogi State solemnly commiserates with the family of late Literary icon, formidable playwright, distinguished citizen, illustrious Kogi son and former governorship aspirant in Kogi, Dr. Adinoyi Ojo Onukaba, on his painful departure from this world.
This is especially sad and painful coming on the first anniversary of the death of another illustrious Kogi son and legal luminary, Barrister James Ocholi, SAN, the erstwhile Minister of State for Labour, who died in active service. He prayed that a permanent stop will come to the loss of prominent citizens of the State in their prime, and the loss of tapping from their well of wisdom.
The Governor remembers the departed for his good character, intellectual sagacity, embedded candour, manifest brilliance, literary fecundity and unflinching love for the progress and development of our dear State that made him aspire to the highest political office in the land.
He will be remembered for charging the people of the state to pull behind Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello to ensure a total redemption and progress for the State on all frontiers.
The Governor submits to God's inherent capacity to give and to take, to make alive and to take away breath. He is thus consoled by the fact that Dr. Onukaba lived a fulfilled life of grace, integrity, selflessness and dutiful service to mankind. He charges his family, friends and admirers to take solace in the fact that he has lived well and left indelible marks in the sands of time.
Indeed, death can kill good people, but it cannot kill their good name. He stated that the blissful memories, great works and humane deeds of the sound egghead will continually remain with us.
In his words, "Dr. Onukaba was a rare gem, a sound mind and a technocrat per excellence. He will be sorely missed for his kind heartedness. He has done things definitely worth writing about and written things worth reading, and as such can never be forgotten in the coming generation."
He prayed that the Almighty Allah comforts his family and grant repose to his amiable soul.
Petra Akinti Onyegbule,
Chief Press Secretary to the Kogi State Governor.