Tributes Pour in For Late Felix Ibru as Ekweremadu, Others Mourn


Chiemelie Ezeobi

Tributes poured in for late Senator Felix Ovuodoroye Ibru, a scion of the Ibru family, consummate politician and elder statesman, on Wednesday as the family organised an Evening of Tributes to kickstart his final burial rites.

The evening of tributes, which was held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, was themed: ‘Lord, be thou exalted’, and was a combination of hymns and tributes.

The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, led scores of Nigerians to pay tribute to the deceased, who died after a brief illness on March 2016.

He said, “In this hall, I see a whole lot of Nigerians that have played significant roles in the socio-economic growth of the economy and the nation is indebted to you.

“He was a statesman, a perfect gentleman. He was a man of inestimable pedigree. He was my friend and mentor.

“He would be remembered for the great strides he achieved in his position. He was a lawmaker of uncommon wisdom and a one time chairman of the senate committee on establishment.

“In the fifth Senate, he always calmed the frayed nerves and would appeal for senators to calm down and this earned him the name ‘Mr. Calm down.”

Speaking for his siblings, the deceased’s first son, Dr. Paul Ibru, described his father as a very humble man who was the best dad, friend and uncle.