By Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
People fromÂ all walks of life, irrespective of their political divide, yesterday, converged on Benin City, Edio State for the service of songs of late Dame Patricia Ebehiremen Anenih, wife of the former chairman, Board of Trustee (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Tony Anenih.Â
The ceremony which was held at NO.13, Delta Crescent, Government Reservation Area, Benin City, saw dignitaries across the country in attendance.
In his homily, the officiating priest,Â Very Reverend Father Palmer Ikponmwonsa, Parish Priest of St. Maria Goroti Catholic Church, Benin,Â said late Dame Patricia Anenih led a very fulfilled life while on earth.Â
The Catholic Priest who charged Chief Anenih and the deceased children not be dismayed over the dead, however urged them to take solace in the godly life their matriach led, noting that it was not the numbers of years one lived on earth that mattered but how qualitative the life.Â
“It is not the number of years one spent on earth that counts but the quality of life. We thank God for the quality of life she spent on earth”, he said.Â
He therefore urge the children to be strong because their mother led a Godly life and died in Christ while calling onÂ the children to be pillar of support to their father and always be by his side.
Present at the event were Governor Dankwanbo of Gombe State, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and his deputy, Phillips Shaibu; the Speaker, Edo state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Justine Okonobo; Former Governors of Delta State, Chief James Ibori and Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan; Former Governors of Edo State, Chief John Oyegun and National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), and Chief Lucky Igbinedion; Prof. Jerry Gana.Â
Others are Chairman of Transcop, Tony Elumelu; Captain Hosa Okunbo, founder, Wells Farm Ltd.