By Omon-Julius Onabu in Asaba

As more more reactions and accolades continue to trail the death on Saturday of former governor, Senator Felix Ibru, the Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Monday Igbuya, has described Ibru’s death as “painful”.

“Igbuya lauded Ibru’s great concern for the unity of Nigeria, the growth of democracy and development of Delta State”, a statement by the speaker’s chief press secretary, Mr Henry Ebiereri, quotes him as saying Sunday night in a condolence message to the family.

“Chief Felix Ibru as a governor, senator, international businessman, philanthropist and politician gained the respect, trust and love of the entire country and he will be greatly missed”, Igbuya noted.

Similarly, right activist and former governorship aspirant, Dr Otive Igbuzor, Chief executive of Centre LSD, described Ibru’s passing as “very painful and a great blow to the Delta State and Urhobo Nation in particular.”

Dr Igbuzor in a statement last night, titled, End of An Era, said “The news of the death of Olorogun Felix Ibru came to me as a rude shock. I have been busy all day and heard of the death from the telephone call of a Journalist who wanted to hear my comments.

“Olorogun Felix Ibru was a true son of Urhobo land. He was a leader par excellence of Urhobo Progressive Union (UPU). His regime in UPU was marked with self less service and matured response to the challenges facing Urhobo land. He was an astute business man and progressive politician of note.

“As Governor of Delta State, Olorogun Felix Ibru governed with equity, justice and fairness. He treated all ethnic nationalities with fairness. The death of Olorogun Felix Ibru marks the end of era of progressive politics of the old school marked by credibility, welfarism and care for the poor in Delta State.