The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has mourned the passing of elder statesman and a civil war veteran, Col. Paul Osa Ogbebor, noting that his contribution to nation building is commendable.
In a statement, the governor said Ogbebor was a gentleman who worked assiduously for the betterment of society, contributing his quota to development and stood up to be counted when it mattered the most.
According to him, “I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of our indefatigable war veteran, Col. Paul Osa Ogbebor. He remains an inspiration to Edo sons and daughters on account of his candor, perseverance and commitment to noble ideals.
“We have lost in him a loyal soldier who was ready to go all out to defend whatever cause he believed. He remains, even in death, a role model to many and a shining light to our people.”
Obaseki said Edo people will miss the rare wisdom and insight offered by late Ogbebor on national issues, adding that he died at a time his guidance was dearly needed to navigate the peculiar socio-economic and political challenges facing the state and the country at large.
The governor extended his condolences to the Ogbebor family, praying that God grants them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Col. Ogbebor was part of the first set of cadets enrolled in the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA), Kaduna; leader of the Benin socio-cultural group, Edo Leaders of Thought (ELT) and a chieftain of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF)