June 21, 2022
Accept my Condolences
May I convey my deepest condolences to you, the Chairman/Editor-in-Chief of the Thisday/Arise Group, Prince Nduka Obaigbena, over the death of your loving mother and Matriarch of the Obaigbena family, Princess Margaret Obaigbena (Nee Usifoh)
The death of Princess Obaigbena is a big blow not only to the Obaigbena and Owa Royal Family but also to the entire people of Delta State.
Princess was an exceptionally illustrious daughter of Delta State, a gracious personality and unique epitome of courage, humility, industry, motherly love, selfless service and faith in God, who touched the lives of everyone that came in contact with her in many special ways.
As a Chief Nursing Officer and later Special Assistant to three Governors of Delta State, Princess Obaigbena, displayed an outstanding commitment to duty and left an unbeaten legacy of selfless service towards the wellbeing of our people, Nigerians and humanity at large.
Indeed, her exit, even at the age of 88 is very painful to us and we will miss her wise counsel, prayers and soothing presence. Nevertheless, we take solace in the fact that she lived fulfilled, finished the race as a devout servant of God with many resounding legacies including bequeathing to us a patriot and statesman in your good self.
No doubt, your resilience, resourcefulness, uncommon ingenuity, dedication towards the development of our nation, particularly in instilling justice and social order, are values you must have learnt from your dear mother.
I must salute your courage particularly in effectively and fearlessly deploying the Thisday/Arise Group as the voice of the voiceless in fighting for justice, fairness and demand for entrenchment of Rule of Law, accountability and good governance in our country. I charge you to remain steadfast in this course for the task ahead.
I deeply commiserate with you and pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to comfort you, the entire Obaigbena family as well as the Government and people of Delta State in faith that the Faithful Departed, rests in joy in His Glorious Bosom.
Be Comforted and God bless
Rt. Hon Ndudi Elumelu
Minority Leader of the House of Representatives